The whole family will enjoy GIFTED, a movie about a special young girl Mary, played by the very talented Mckenna Grace. Her uncle Frank Adler (Chris Evans) wants her to have a normal life, unlike his sister whose life as a genius drove her to suicide, leaving the child prodigy for Frank to raise. This arrangement doesn’t suit the grandmother (Lindsay Duncan) who tries for custody creating the main conflict of the film.
The film itself is well-paced thanks to the excellent work of Director Marc Webb, who shot the film in record time and yet produced a well-crafted piece that engages all ages with a stellar cast who work well off each other. Octavia Spencer and Jenny Slate add their own special touch as supporting characters who are torn by their love for this little girl and what each thinks may be best for her given her unique abilities.
In a recent interview, Mckenna Grace was asked if she memorized the math equations. Her response: “Yes, I did. But, my mom and I, we turned it into a little song that I sang in my head. I still remember that tune to this day because it was so catchy, it had to be a catchy tune or else I would forget it.”
GIFTED is a feel-good movie that brings up very real emotions when opinions differ in a family on how a child should be raised, gifted or not. See the downloadable Teacher’s Guide for discussion questions on the movie.
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Synopsis: Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
Release: In Select Theatres April 7.