Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Steve Hall (XIII), Trae Ireland, Phil Donlon, Jay Harik, Jennifer Rochester Marcil
Director: Edward T. McDougal
A 12 year old illiterate inner-city kid decides to run away from an abusive home & take up residence in a college fraternity no matter how they try frat members cant get rid of nathan & the only way to avoid shutdown for h... more »
TERRIBLE excecution of a movie that MIGHT'VE been interestin
Lisa | 01/21/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was excited to watch this movie after reading the back of the box. It makes the movie out to be provocative and powerful (re: abused ghetto child finds refuge in an all white frat house, they try to pass him off as a genius in order for their frat to get off probation blah blah). HOWEVER, and this is a huge HOWEVER, the acting in this story is so bad, dialogue is so cheezy... it's bad. I kept re-writing the dialogue in my head and re-casting the movie with better actors throught the movie. I have to say it honestly is THE WORST movie I have ever seen. I watched it with two other friends and we were laughing at how bad it was. My brother tried to watch it too, but he stopped it in the middle of it and rewound it because it was so bad. Whenever someone says they have seen a bad movie, me and my friends always retaliate with, it wasn't as bad as The Prodigy. It's not even worth checking out how bad it is. JUST TRUST ME! If you want to watch a powerful movie about how a poor, illiterate, black kid improves with the help of the white man, I'm sure there are scores of them out there."
Robert W. Qualls | Tulsa, Ok United States | 09/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Prodigy is one of those little known independent films that is both charming and thought provoking. The characters are real and believable if not always polished. The two main characters Tony anad Nathan are from two very different words but both share some common problems. In the end they become good friends and both of their lives are changed forever. This is a must see for anyone who believes in hope and the human spirit and for anyone who loves a happy ending. I plan to add this one to my personal library. I hope to see more of young Jeremy Isaiah Earl who played 13year old Nathan. Jeremy was a real stand out with his charm and wit and came across as very genuine in the role of Nathan."
What can I say? It was filmed with a good camera!!!
Josef | 05/25/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The opening shot was the best thing about this movie, because it gave you hope that you would be seeing a passionate, well-crafted independant film. Damn that opening shot for filling me hope. As the "film" progressed in a slow, plodding manner, my thoughts were varied in relation to this "film": Was there too much butter in my popcorn? Did the actors have to PAY the director to be in this "film"? Did I get my ticket validated at the Box Office? Yes, dear reader. I saw this film in the Theatre! This would be the only exception I will make about seeing a film at home over a Movie Theatre, because at home you can TURN IT OFF. Were there any redeeming values? Peter Lemongelli as the standard college "nerd" had his moments, especially in a dog collar. Other than that this "film" went from trying to be a comedy, to a family drama to a spiritual uplifer. It succeeded on none of these fronts. Oh, and the girlfriend was realllllllllly bad. Her performance was the only comedy I found."
Sometimes big things come in little packages
Josef | 01/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An abused child seeks refuge in a frat house of all places. Sounds silly? Not really. It is there that he is given the freedom to be a child in the company of immature young men. Although he is not well developed in academics, he sure does know about the importance of love and caring for one another. You can't help but love Nathan Jones in this story. Jeremy Isaiah Earl is splendid. The Prodigy touched my heart and I hope it touches yours."