“12 and Holding” reboots “Stand by Me”

12 and Holding is a powerful, engaging film that presents a more honest look at childhood than anything I’ve seen for years. It’s about a small group of young kids, each of them dealing with some difficult issues that arise from things happening at home (or not happening at home). There’s a fat kid trying to lose weight, a lonely girl looking for a father figure, and another guy dealing with a death in the family (which could be Stand By Me but with none of the soft focus nostalgia).

It’s difficult not to immediately care about these kids because their reactions are so genuine. Except for maybe one small detail, everything that happens seems plausible, which only heightens the drama as all the stories come together in the end. Parents should watch 12 and Holding as a realistic reminder that, yeah, sometimes childhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

One Reply to ““12 and Holding” reboots “Stand by Me””

  1. ya but phillip we had wonderful maritime middle class upbringings that have given us the all the tools necessary to have productive and useful existances…life in the blissful burbs…..eeeesh…..yeah….look at me I am fine…I have not had a real job in over a decade, squat in someone elses building, recieve a municipal “wefare” check every two weeks….and the once prosperous province I live in is now a have not province..for me it is feeling like home…I am well prepared to adapt due to my childhood in the maritimes…the maritime upbringing was a godsend…..now if only I can find me another retraining grant……one that will start after the next municipal election….oh yeah saw a trailer for the trailer park boys….that has definitly jumped the shark…..good on mike though….

    welcome back from fishing…just got the kids a couple of poles last week…lotsa tangles and hooks in various exposed fleshy body parts….fun fun fun…

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