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Wonder

MPAA Rating: PG
Genre: Family
Runtime: 113 minutes
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin
Director: Stephen Chbosky
DOVE FAMILY APPROVED!
Sex
Language
Violence
Drugs
Nudity
Other

Sex: Husband and wife kiss a couple of times; a teen boy and girl kiss.

Language: A few statements of "sucks" and "G" or "OMG"; a "J" is uttered by a bully near the end of the film..

Violence: A few fights with kids throwing a few punches and some kicking.

Drugs: Wine is consumed a few times; a girl's mom drinks a lot after her husband left her; she passes out in one scene, and her daughter takes a drink.

Nudity: None

Other: Some kids tease a boy that looks different; tension between characters; a boy helps another student cheat on a test; a family deals with grief after their dog dies; students have a belching contest.

Faith: No Christian references, even though lots of Christian values are portrayed. The Henry Ward Beecher award is given to a hero at the end of the movie, indicating Christ-centered roots.

Integrity: Every scene has integrity bursting at the seams. Young people acting against bullies, protecting Auggie, and apologizing for mistakes. The principal is also a man of great character.

Synopsis

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Dove Review

Dove Families, it has been our practice to eliminate movies that use the name of our Lord in vain. In 2017, we have done studies to seek the best course, particularly in situations like this. When a movie like Wonder or Hidden Figures are made without our same sensitivities, but with so many other important positive messages, we struggle with holding back our encouragement to see it and talk about it's goodness. In today's world, we need to encourage positive stories! We'd love to hear from you. We'd like to tell the filmmakers to stop using God and Jesus so carelessly, but at the same time, we know that we cannot expect all others to have this understanding and concern that we do. This film uses the name of God and Jesus inappropriately, one time by a tertiary antagonistic character. But it's a story that represents beautiful family character and also sparks supremely important conversation.

REVIEW:
Wonder is an amazing film, giving us a likeable hero and underdog in Auggie (short for August) Pullman, adeptly portrayed by Jacob Tremblay. His parents, portrayed by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, decided that Mom would homeschool him. But now they want him to attend fifth grade with other kids, so he begins attending Beecher Prep School. Auggie has the kind of sense of humor that can win kids over—well, most of them anyway. He says he is good at playing sports (on his X Box of course), and he loves Star Wars, so he deals with the stares from others by imagining what it would be like if Chewbacca the wookie showed up at school—he would stared at, too!

The movie features a subplot of Auggie's sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic), who is always overlooked. She says that Auggie is like the sun, and their family revolves everything around him. She really cares for Auggie but sometimes feels as if she is invisible, especially when her friend Miranda comes back from a summer camp and seems to no longer want to be friends. But we do learn that there is something Miranda is dealing with that involves her parents.

The story is realistically portrayed and features some nice sentiments like, "It is better to be kind than right." This one is a close call as far as receiving the Dove Seal due to an utterance of strong language, but there is a lot the movie got right, including the presenting of the Henry Ward Beecher Medal to someone who shows great courage. The movie makes the point that sometimes something or someone different winds up being a "wonder" indeed.

Trailer

Dove Family Approved: Recommended For Ages 12+



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