Savannah Smiles (1982)

savannah smiles bridgette andersen“Hey loser, you just won.”


Thank you—yes, thank you—everyone for coming today. Please quiet down. You may be wondering why I’ve invited all of you here today, so I’ll just say it:

My name is Adam. I’m a 28-year-old male and I love the movie Savannah Smiles.

Man, that feels good.

…Not publicly admitting I love a sappy low-budget TV film from the 1980s, I was talking about the fun-size Snickers bar I stole from my son’s Halloween stash that is currently melting in my mouth—that feels good. The movie thing is just embarrassing.

mark miller savannah smilesSavannah Smiles stars Mark Miller (who actually wrote the screenplay), Donovan Scott, and Bridgette Andersen. It also has minor roles played by Mr. Miyagi and the lead guy from the original Mission: Impossible. So really, as you’re watching this film you should be cognizant of the possibility that this cinematic journey could take a U-turn and morph into an action-packed martial arts spy-thriller at any given moment.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: The only thing I’ve ever found hiding in my back seat was lice. (I’m just kidding—that was at the movie theater.)

I’ll get right to the point here: If your child might be better off living with two middle-aged convicts, then it may be time to rethink your parenting strategy.

Chances are, though, you parents are doing your best. Life is a constant juggle of responsibilities and sometimes you have to say “no” now so you can say “yes” later—just make sure those “laters” actually happen sooner than “later.”

I’m blessing my baby boy at church today, and words can’t express how grateful I am to have this child in my life. My wife and I recently had a very scary moment where we almost lost him. Ever since that day I’ve tried to be better about giving him more attention and not just looking at my phone during those quiet moments when I get to hold him. I’ve also tried to be much more purposeful about the time I spend with my older boy as well.

This movie reminds me that while handing my children toys to play with will certainly make them smile, when I stop what I’m doing and play with them, their smiles will last much, much longer.

Behold your little ones.” — 3 Nephi 17:23


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