Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Main Performers: Julia Robberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Run Time: 113 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
This movie shows the struggle of a child with facial deformities trying to fit in with everyone else. Auggie Pullman bravely enters fifth grade in a public school, after being home schooled his entire life. The movie shows the perspectives of various people who interact with Auggie: his sister, a friend his own age, a friend of the sister, parents, school authorities. All have to come to a new understanding of what it means to be courageous and to stand up for those who are less fortunate in life.
This is the best movie in years. The viewers are quickly drawn into the drama of the family, recognizing that all of them struggle in one way or another, yet all of them want to be good to each other and choose the best path. This movie teaches the importance of allowing people with differences to share our time, our interests, and indeed, our world. It helps us to understand that just because someone may look (or talk, or act, or seem) different, they are not worthless or any less important.