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An Invisible Sign (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 7 October 2010 (USA)
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Mona Gray is a 20-year-old loner who, as a child, turned to math for salvation after her father became ill. As an adult, Mona now teaches the subject and must help her students through their own crises.

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Mom
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Dad
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Mr. Jones
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Young Mona
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Ms. Gelband
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Lisa's Aunt
Crystal Bock ...
Panida Saleswoman
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Ann DiGanno
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Danny O'Mazzi
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Elmer Gravlaki
Stephanie DeBolt ...
Ellen
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Lisa's Mom
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After a stroke of her father, the weird Mona Gray gives up of all the things she likes expecting that her father will be better. When she is 20 year-old, she is expelled from home by her mother to live her own life. Soon her mother lies to her friend Ms. Gelband, who is principal of a school, telling that Mona Gray is graduated and she hires her to teach mathematic to the third grade. Mona Gray feels affection for the orphan Lisa Venus and her odd behavior attracts the attention of the teacher Ben Smith. When there is an incident at school, the life of Mona Gray changes for good. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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count on the unexpected.


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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7 October 2010 (USA)  »

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An 1nvisible Si6n  »

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America Ferrera was originally cast as Mona Gray, but dropped out and Jessica Alba replaced her. See more »

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When Alba was in class and put a child in a corner by the door she wrote two large numbers on the black board and wanted the children to tell her what sign (greater or less than) to put between them. When the child made a sound to get her attention you could see the less than sign already written on the board, but it was missing after the child from the corner gave the correct answer and the teacher wrote it on the board. See more »

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Mona Gray: [narrating] I used to love my dad's stories, until the one he told me on my tenth birthday.
Dad: There once was a kingdom where everybody lived forever. But the problem with nobody ever dying was that the kingdom got very crowded. And so the king, getting squeezed out of his own castle by his endless royal lineage, issued a decree.
King: [still-life cartoon] Everybody in my kingdom, please pick one person from your family to die. We will have a mass execution that will bring forth much-needed ...
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Sheer waste of my time.
14 June 2011 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

What a flimsy project. The girl is obviously mad, but we never get to know why. She takes an ax to school... you already know that that ax will eventually serve some purpose and it does, on such harebrained incident that one has to laugh (it wasn't meant for laughs) because if one doesn't one should have to take the CD from its nest and brake it to pieces.

I'm offended at having wasted my time so miserably. Whenever there are children involved in a film one knows there will be plenty of cutesy pie scenes and conducts, that alone should have warned me to stop watching this film very early on, but obviously there must be a touch of the masochist in me, since with a great deal of effort I ignored the "invisible sign" warning me to stop right there.

The incoherency in the conduct of the different boys and girls in class is blatant one time and convent like orderly another and the girl (their teacher) conduct borders on extreme idiocy. The director of the school is overacted and caricatured to a Groucho Marx school of acting.

Totally soulless and dead film, full of extremely long shots that mean nothing in particular. This one should have been a Walt Disney film, so an adult could stay yards away from it.


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