Growing up is hard to do

Robin Williams does an admirable job in the role of a ten year old, who just happens to be aging at four times the usual rate. The whole be-a-different-age-than-you-are fantasy is one of the most overused scenarios in filmdom, but at least there's a new angle here, as it's not some kind of supernatural condition, but a medical one, and his family and friends know what's going on.

Despite the seemingly new angle, the plot hits roughly the same points as any other film of this type. We glide from difficulties adjusting, to getting a handle on the situation, to facing the most serious of problems. There's moments unique to the genre, which is refreshing, and Williams helps too. But is it enough to rise above the triteness of the form?

Not really. It's not bad, but it doesn't do much for me either.

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