Movie Title: Gifted
Rating: PG-13, 101 minutes
In a Nutshell: This quick-witted film charms and pulls tears out of your eyes. Directed by Marc Wed (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), takes a look at parenting especially gifted children and trying to find a balance for a happy life.
- Love, family, loyalty
- It’s ok to be a child and not grow up too fast.
- Even Einstein learned how to ride a bike.
Things I liked:
- McKenna Grace is fantastic as the brilliant Mary. She has a bright future in Hollywood, if she wants it.
- Captain America! I love Chris Evans in anything.
- Octavia Spencer is always a sure win. She was recently in Hidden Figures, a wonderful movie about some other females who are great at math. Maybe this film can help girls to start thinking more about how cool math is.
- We heard Jenny Slate's unique voice in Zootopia, but this time we get to see her too. She's irresistible.
- The scene in the hospital was really touching. That was a brilliant idea Frank had.
- I thought it was adorable seeing Mary sit in a college math class wearing her little Brownie outfit. I was a Brownie when I was her age. Um….that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Ha ha
- Nice soundtrack.
- I loved the sunset beach scene where Mary is climbing up Frank, like little kids do, while they have a conversation. Their relationship is really sweet.
- This reminded me of Jodie Foster’s old movie Little Man Tate that is also about a child prodigy. It also has elements of Searching for Bobby Fischer in case you’d like to watch a couple of other movies that have similar themes.
- Fred. I thought it was great that they featured a “defective” pet and I got a kick out of all the loving one-eyed cat jokes they made about their beloved cat.
Things I didn’t like:
- Deadbeat dad. They make me so furious.
- I always think it’s weird when kids call their parents by their first names instead of “Mom” or “Dad”.
- Pretty predictable ending, although there is a little twist I thought was interesting.
- Evelyn’s character seems a little too one-dimensional.
- “I dunno. Try being a kid.” – Frank (Chris Evans)
- “If anyone takes that baby away, I’ll smother you in your sleep.” – Roberta (Octavia Spencer)
- “Fred’s not a killer. He’s a lover.” – Mary (McKenna Grace)
- “If we separate our leaders, if we segregate them from people like you and me, you get….Congressmen.” – Frank
- “I’d kill a priest for a Benadryl.” – Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) I can relate. My allergies this year have been INSANE!
- “Manufacturers of Legos should all be in jail.” – Frank (I can relate to that one too. I stepped on a million Lego pieces while raising my 4 sons.
- “Frank says I’m not supposed to correct older people. Nobody likes a smart-ass.” – Mary
- “I don’t watch TV, but I got hooked on Sponge Bob.” – Mary
- “Foster people….they can watch Sitcoms with her, take her to Olive Garden, teach her to say ‘irregardless’…” - Evelyn I had to laugh at that because I’m such a grammar Nazi.
- “You drive like an old lady.” – Mary
“It’s Florida. I’m blending in.” – Frank
- “Never get on the bad side of small-minded people who have a little authority.” – Evelyn
- “What about Jesus?” – Mary
“Love that guy. Do what he says.” – Frank
- “It doesn’t count if it’s not eye to eye.” - Frank, referring to apologies
Tips for parents:
- Some profanity, including one F-bomb. I especially hate it when little kids swear in movies.
- Pre-marital relations.
- It’s an interesting look at how parents with gifted children need to balance those gifts and provide appropriate education levels with just being a little kid.
- There are no explosions or huge action scenes, so some kids may be bored. It’s one of those “talking” movies, which I love, but it may not keep some kids engaged long enough.
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