Wednesday, 29 May 2013

DVD Review - 4 Movie Collection: Bingo/ Race the Sun/ My Stepmother is an Alien/ Little Secrets

4 Movie Collection: Bingo/ Race the Sun/ My Stepmother is an Alien/ Little Secrets
Directors: Matthew Robbins, Charles T. Kanganis, Richard Benjamin, Blair Treu
Starring: Cindy Williams, Halle Berry, James Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger, Evan Rachel Wood
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: May 7, 2013
ASIN: B00BUWD7RK
Retail: $9.98
Run Time: 6hrs 33mins
Rating: PG, PG-13

Review:

Mill Creek Entertainment has been releasing many 4 Movie Collections this year and one of their releases this month contained four family movies - Bingo, Race the Sun, My Stepmother is an Alien, and Little Secrets; which I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. 

Bingo is low-budget Problem Child version of Benji that was released back in 1991 when I was ten-years old. I remember seeing a few advertisements for the movie, but I never saw it until last week. After being kicked out of the circus, Bingo rescues Chuckie, who then sneaks the dog into his house. The following the day, Chuckie learns that his father has been traded to the Green Bay Packers, therefore the family is moving and Bingo gets left behind, well not really, as the dog travels across the country to find the boy. Despite being rated PG, the humor is really juvenile, and I don't recommend it for younger children.

Race the Sun is a 1996 film loosely based on the true story of the Konawaena High School Solar Car Team, the first high school team to complete the World Solar Challenge, and starred Halle Berry, James Belushi, Casey Affleck, and Eliza Dushku. It didn't do well at the box-office. The movie is predictable at times, but it's a likeable fluff.

One of my favorite movies from my childhood is the 1988 box-office flop My Stepmother is an Alien starring Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger, Jon Lovitz and Alison Hannigan. A young Seth Green also has a small part. The plot involves an alien named Celeste arriving on Earth in search for the cure to fix the gravity on her home planet. She happens to crash a party and meets a widow scientist, Steven Mills, who may hold the cure to her planet. She seduces and quickly marries him. Everything is going by her plan, except for the fact that her new stepdaughter suspects she is an alien. This is the only PG-13 movie in the collection and it does have some mild sexual content. The movie is just has funny as remember it.

I have never heard of Little Secrets starring Evan Rachel Wood (Queen Sophie-Anne on True Blood). The plot involves an aspiring fourteen-year-old violinist, Emily Lindstrom, who spends her summer preparing for the Inter Mountain Youth Symphony Orchestra audition. Once a week she runs a secret-keeping business, where she charges the neighborhood kids fifty-cents to keep their secrets. She is the best at keeping secrets, which is until she meets the new neighbor, Philip, who changes her life and helps her reveal her own secret. Little Secrets is a cute little movie that I enjoyed watching.

These aren't the best family movies, though I do recommend Little Secrets. Bingo has its funny moments, but it is forgettable. Race the Sun has its charm and it is mostly enjoyable. My Stepmother is an Alien is my favorite from this release, though I wouldn't recommend it for younger viewers.

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