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Growing Up Smith

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Frank Lotito

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About the Movie

Growing Up Smith is the warm coming-of-age story of Smith, a 10-year-old boy from India living in small town America in 1979. As his family tries to straddle the line between embracing the American Dream and preserving their Indian heritage, Smith sneaks out for a taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken, dons a Saturday Night Fever costume, and falls in love with Amy, the girl next door. And in Amy's father, Butch, Smith also finds the all-American cowboy he wishes his own father could be.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film has accidental topicality now with the debate over immigration swirling, but you don't need to burden it with politics to be touched by its tale of a child who is pulled by two very different cultural worlds. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Feb 2, 2017

Rotten: A strained cross between broad, culture-clash comedy and wistful coming-of-age tale, "Growing Up Smith" is a well-intentioned fizzle that misses what should have been an easily reachable mark. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Feb 9, 2017

Fresh: A crowd-friendly immigrant's tale painted with a thick coat of '70s nostalgia. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 3, 2017

Fresh: The film feels like an extended episode of The Wonder Years, if that '60s-set series had served a little chicken tikka masala and cross-cultural understanding with its white bread and pop hits. – Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/, Feb 1, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Terrific culture-clash movie in the vein of Fresh Off The Boat

Terrific culture-clash movie in the vein of Fresh Off The Boat and other comedies told from the perspective of growing up as a first generation American. The art direction is terrific and the story is going to touch everyone as you root for Smith. Director, Frank Lotito has put together a perfect film with excellent acting all around especially from newcomer, Roni Akurati. Would be great to see this one become a series in the future.


Similar to movies like "A Christmas Story" and "Stand By Me," this movie is an instant classic! Heartwarming, funny, poignant, feel good... saw it in New York and the immigrant experience couldn't be protrayed more honestly then here. I left the theater with a sense of optimism about life. See this movie!!

Terrific family movie- funny and heartwarming!

I've been waiting to share this wonderful movie with my family! Thank you, Anjul, for your perseverance in bringing this to fruition!

Growing Up Smith
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2016

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