Getting’ Grown

Inspired by Abbas Kiarostami's "Where Is the Friend's Home?" writer-director Aaron Greer's "Gettin' Grown" follows a young boy sent on what turns out to be an arduous and frustrating errand -- only this time the setting is Milwaukee rather than an Iranian village. Simple story proves easily translated, even if (just like the original) it's a bit poky and low on major incident.

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With: Isaiah Matthew, Ginger Manning, Patricia Bridges, Xavier O'Ryan, Jerome Pulley Jr., Josh Luckett, Timothy McGee.

Inspired by Abbas Kiarostami’s “Where Is the Friend’s Home?” writer-director Aaron Greer’s “Gettin’ Grown” follows a young boy sent on what turns out to be an arduous and frustrating errand — only this time the setting is Milwaukee rather than an Iranian village. Simple story proves easily translated, even if (just like the original) it’s a bit poky and low on major incident. However, this version is clearly directed at younger viewers, who will identify with the hero’s attempt to handle adult responsibilities with a child’s attention span and limited resources. Kid-friendly fests and broadcast slots are signaled.

Twelve-year-old Eric (Isaiah Matthew), chafing under a pregnant and cranky mom’s (Ginger Manning) humorless demands, groans at news he must walk across town to get a prescription for diabetic grandma (Patricia Bridges). He hasn’t left the block before he’s further loaded down with store requests from playmates and neighbors. But with the clock ticking, he’s first roped into a long ball game by some older teens, then hustled out of $20 by a ne’er-do-well uncle. Matthew isn’t the most expressive child thesp, but laidback, ably shot production keeps Eric’s modest travails involving enough.

Getting' Grown

Production: A Gettin' Grown Prods. presentation. Produced by Dr. Fran Kaplan, Anthony Ferraro. Executive producer, Aaron Greer. Directed, written, edited by Aaron Greer.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Zhong Chen; music, Josh Werner. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, July 14, 2004. (In San Francisco Black Film Festival.) Running time: 75 MIN.

With: With: Isaiah Matthew, Ginger Manning, Patricia Bridges, Xavier O'Ryan, Jerome Pulley Jr., Josh Luckett, Timothy McGee.

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