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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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The Sum of its Parts
14 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A female lead in a story about math? The synopsis was somewhat misleading, or perhaps I wanted it to be complicated. I was expecting a twist on something along the lines of "Stand and Deliver" or "Good Will Hunting." It turns out this is simple math and the plot is not a formula.

The heroine is a socially inept third grade teacher (Jessica Alba), a "weirdo" to the apparently well adjusted children and their ordinary, dysfunctionally functional parents. It is a quirky story that gets off to a jumpy start. I almost stopped watching then realized I was enjoying the mess. In an early scene, the first day of school, the children are arranged into a human equation. It escaped me then that was a play on the theme.

When I notice that a film I like is receiving mixed or bad reviews am compelled to contribute my own evaluation, to assist those on the fence. This isn't for everyone. Anyone who doesn't grok "the human equation" probably won't get the result. The other extreme might find it overly simplistic. Those who've valued themselves as odd, complex, uncommon denominators will be able to relate.


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