Ida and her family live on a beet farm in 1965. She is almost 12, that means she has only one last summer until she has to work with her older sisters on the farm. Due to the increased ... See full summary »
Four children set out on their own after their mother's death to avoid being separated by foster care. Trying to find their Uncle Jack, they encounter adventure and danger. Before the ... See full summary »
Jake lets the children play at his home and tells stories of his role in the civil rights movement. A developer wants to have the elderly Jake evicted from his home to increase real estate value, so the kids decide to go on a bath strike.
Timothy J. Nelson
Garrett M. Brown,
As a somewhat pedantic Briton, I found this film incredibly horrible. Some people may not be able to tell, but the "English" children were in fact American and having difficulty sustaining their Australian accents. This is just one example of the lack of effort that went into this confusing and patronising film which stereotyped many of its characters. Other things that annoyed me included the riddle and diary, which most certainly did not go with Mary Lennox's reserved character, the setting, which was clearly an American hotel (with no Yorkshire weather), and the patronising nature of the scenes showing their "growing friendship". I watched this with three other English children and two Americans and none of us could restrain ourselves from making snide comments about the poor acting and other elements that I have already mentioned. This film would be funny to watch again- but only because it was so bad.
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