The Greening of Whitney Brown
by Phil Boatwright

PG-rated coming-of-age family comedy. Starring Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields, Kris Kristofferson and Sammi Hanratty as Whitney, was written by Gail Gilchriest (My Dog Skip) and directed by Peter Odiorne.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The story follows a spoiled pre-teen from Philadelphia who is forced to move to the country when her parents feel the squeeze of economic hard times. A fish out of water, far from her comfort zone, she befriends an amazing horse and undertakes an unexpected journey back to the simple life, only to discover that her family is her true home.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I viewed the screener copy with my niece and two nephews, (ages 5, 10, 13) and was pleasantly surprised that they became as involved as I did. It helped to have pros like Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields and Kris Kristofferson, but the real star is Bob the horse. Well trained, but there was a real affection between the animal and young Ms. Hanratty (Good luck with that name, kid.)

Aimed at preteen girls, there’s enough slapstick to keep their brothers amused, as well. And parents will be glad to learn that it’s a clean film, with positive messages about how to treat others and that any place is home, so long as you are surrounded by family, and that often trials become blessings in disguise.

Distributed by ARC Entertainment, the tween comic adventure is rated PG (two uses of the expression “Oh my God,” the girl falls from her horse; the grandfather shoots at birds; the grandfather uses one minor expletive, but there is no harsh language).

Brooke Shields music video "We All Shine On"
Julia Rae music video "Be That Girl" featuring Sammi Hanratty
Commentary by director Peter Odiorne and actress Sammi Hanratty