The Girls Scouts are turning 100! Not so young girls anymore, right? Well, they have things to celebrate, and what´s a best way than to have a movie made about them?
In celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA, four-time Emmy® nominee and two-time Golden Globe® nominated actress Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”) stars with Jessalyn Gilsig (“Glee”) and Bailee Madison (“Just Go With It”) in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, “Smart Cookies,” Saturday, August 18 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). In the film, Gilsig portrays a perfectionist real estate agent who gets a new perspective when she’s asked to lead a struggling Girl Scout troop through their competitive annual cookie drive. Ty Olsson (“The Twilight Saga”) and Samantha Ferris (“Supernatural”) co-star.
Julie Sterling (Gilsig) is a high-maintenance realtor who is just two sales away from being named “Real Estate Agent of the Year.” A firm businesswoman, her schedule doesn’t leave much time for anything else, including relationships. So when her boss Lola (Richardson) launches a closeted promotion for the company masquerading as company-wide commitment to community pro-social work, and assigns Julie to lead a struggling local Girl Scout troop, Julie is full of protests. Then, she meets the group of hopeless girls, a troop named the Fireflies, including eager new member Daisy (Madison). As she gets to the know the girls and sees their desperate need for friendship and self-esteem, Julie begins to do whatever it takes to transform them from zeroes to heroes in the annual cookie sale competition against their cruel rivals, the Monarchs, led by superior scout volunteer Hazel (Ferris).
With her high-powered sales skills, Julie puts the coveted “Real Estate Agent of the Year” possibility on hold and coaches the girls toward the highest profit on the cookie drive—until she finds out one of her girls is hiding a painful family secret and needs the help of her fellow scouts. To earn her own badge of compassion—and discover a meaningful romance with Daisy’s dad (Olsson)—Julie must learn the bottom line isn’t as important as the lasting bonds she’s building with the scouts she’s come to love.
“Smart Cookies,” is a Front Street Pictures Production. Linda Kent, Robert Iscove, Jack Grossbart, Allen Lewis and Jimmy Hawkins are executive producers. Harvey Kahn is the producer. Robert Iscove is also the director.
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