Stolen Summer

17/01/2005
  |  Buy to Own: 17/01/2005
  |  Watch Now: 08/01/2012
  |  91 min
Rated PG by the BBFC

Synopsis

Drama about a young Catholic boy called Pete who lives in the suburbs of Chicago in the 1970s. Pete attends Catholic school and in the summer he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of Lord, and not that of the Devil. Perhaps taking this message a bit too seriously, Pete decides it's his goal for the summer to help someone get into heaven, having been told that Catholicism is the only sure path to the kingdom of the Lord. Pete decides to convert a Jew to Catholicism in order to improve their standing in the afterlife. Hoping to find a likely candidate, he begins visiting a nearby synagogue, where he gets to know Rabbi Jacobson (Kevin Pollack), who responds to Pete's barrage of questions with good humour. Pete also makes friends with the Rabbi's son, Danny (Michael Weinberg), who is about the same age. When he learns that Danny is seriously ill, he decides Danny would be an excellent choice for conversion. When the priest at Pete's church (Brian Dennehy) informs Pete that all will be tested before they pass the Pearly Gates, he sets up a mini-decathlon and puts Danny in training as he attempts to reshape his spiritual thinking. Pete's parents (Bonnie Hunt and Aidan Quinn) aren't sure just what to make of Pete's new summer project, and as they become aquainted with Rabbi Jacobson, they share their perspectives on the unexpected trials of parenting.