2000 / Director. Robert Shallcross.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
I love family films as much as I love horror films. I've had BORED SILLY sitting in my collection for years but I have never gotten around to watching it until now. It's the type of title you find at the bottom of retail bargain bins for $1 and would dismiss it based on its cover art. It tells the story of three best friends who get up to mischief during their summer break to cure their boredom. From building a forte to fishing in the lake and being attacked by bees... it's a film filled with nostalgia, made by a man who clearly has fond memories of his childhood. That man is Robert Shallcross who made a living in advertising writing commercials. He then cut his Hollywood teeth as the writer of the Amblin film LITTLE GIANTS before making his directorial debut on this charming little story. It's an independent film made on a modest budget with a simple script. It looks great and plays out like THE LITTLE RASCALS meets DENNIS THE MENACE. The three lead kids carry the film with ease and have a great a great rapport with each other. This is clearly a movie for kids and so you need to watch it from a kid's perspective. I really tapped into this one as it conjured memories of my own childhood when my friends and I would get up to the same sorts of hijinks. If you've got kids under the age of 10 then BORED SILLY is likely to amuse them. If only more attention had been given to the poster art then the movie's reach might have been greater. The poster does not do it any justice at all. I had a great time watching this and recommend digging it up from the basement bargain bin if you ever stumble upon it.