Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  20 January 2008 (USA)
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Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a troubled young girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Dodger
Peter Lichten
Principal Davis
Dr. Miles / Humpty Dumpty
Miss Reiter
1st Teacher / White Rabbit
2nd Teacher / King of Hearts


The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't - or can't - follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, as her brilliant but anguished mother begins to worry for her daughter's health. Written by Anonymous

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Dare to dream your life.



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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csodaországban  »

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Box Office

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$18,535 (USA) (13 March 2009)


$72,979 (USA) (27 March 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Eight minutes into this movie (the tag playing scene), Phoebe was first spotted wearing a cream dress with grey turtleneck and hunter green greyish wool stockings, and yet all of a sudden, she wore different wardrobe and the wool stockings were changed to red when the kids were going at her. See more »


[first lines]
Peter Lichten: Happy Birthday!
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References Alice in Wonderland (1933) See more »


Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 (3rd Movement)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Phoebe in Wonderland was wonderful!
21 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to start off by saying that Elle Fanning is Incredible!! OK. Now that the facts have been stated… Throughout the entire film we feel along with Phoebe's suspicions that she is in fact different from other children. Something seems off and a bit odd for a child. OCD is rather obvious but there's something more. We struggle along with her parents in trying to discover what really is going on with our adorable heroine.

The camera work was impressive. In one scene in particular, as the parents are fighting, phoebe and her sister are above them far off watching. The camera shows them in between the parents while they are fighting. We know their marital troubles involve the children and their priorities differ. They never seem to see eye to eye when it comes to their children, especially Phoebe.

Besides Phoebe's family issues, I appreciated that we witness the discrimination Phoebe and her best friend, Jamie go through on a daily basis at school. Children attacking other children verbally, at times physically, and even out casting them is a real issue and I'm glad they made this movie as realistic as possible. Children go through a lot too and they really let us see that.

All of the emotion was well portrayed through the actors. Realistically portrayed, the struggles of a family especially if the family has a child with special needs. The strain on parents and on the sibling was made quite obvious and rang true to reality.

Among the incredible acting, plot, script, and camera work, the music was also impressive. It really backed up each and every moment with the desired feeling of the scene. It successfully strengthened the emotion in the scene.

Patricia Clarkson and felicity Hoffman are just jaw dropping. They are well-respected actresses for a reason and Phoebe in Wonderland proves that.

With an absolutely brilliant cast, Phoebe in Wonderland was nothing short of phenomenal. It is a sweet, inspiring drama. Complete with humor, a bit of mystery, and family dramas; Phoebe in Wonderland accomplished the ever sought after, 'whole package' film. It was a new twist on an old tale. It was risky, but quite successful.

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