It's possible to modernize Mark Twain--AN AMERICAN SUMMER (1991) successfully transplanted the Tom Sawyer tales to Los Angeles of the 1970s--but HUCK AND THE KING OF HEARTS, the work of far less proficient filmmakers, arrives lifeless on the Mississippi.
Billy "Huckleberry" Thomas (Chauncey Leopardi), of Hannibal, Missouri, is tired of being slapped around by his mother's trailer-park boyfriend, so he slips off to search for his Grandpa Zach, a legendary adventurer. While staying with alimony-rich Aunt Darlene (Dee Wallace Stone) in LA, Huck
hitches up with Jim (Graham Greene). He's a Native American card sharp and con artist on the run from killer hoodlum Max ...