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Gifted (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 April 2017 (USA)
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Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

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Greg Cullen
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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. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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12 April 2017 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$446,380 (USA) (7 April 2017)

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$24,702,994 (USA) (14 July 2017)
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Screenwriter Tom Flynn had his script, "Gifted" featured on the 2014 Blacklist and his screenplay would later be performed at the "Black List Live!" Reading Series at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood in March of 2015. See more »

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When changing camera angles at the Psychologist's office, 2 of the blocks on the table disappear. See more »

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Mary Adler: Please, Frank. Why are you leaving me?
Frank Adler: Because the court said I had to. You know this. We've discussed this ad naus... We've discussed this.
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Written by Greg Farley, James Felice,Ian Felice, Simone Felice and Josh Rawson
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Interesting premise weighed down by a messy plot
20 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With better writing and a more focused plot line, this could've been a great movie. As it stands, it's merely okay.

The story is about the relationship between a child prodigy and the man raising her, who himself is a pretty interesting guy with an unconventional background. Actually, that's not really the story – that's what it should've been. Instead, it's a sloppy courtroom custody battle with a pointless romantic subplot that feels like something you'd see on a lesser episode of Suits. There are some interesting moments in the courtroom scenes, but they feel somewhat out of place in what should be a more character-driven story.

The execution suffers most in the third act, in which new characters are introduced on a whim and the movie further loses sight of its central premise. This movie does know what message it wants to deliver, but it gets way too caught up in the specific motivations of each character. I can't really say any more without spoiling, but I will say that the ending, given the problems that are set up earlier in the film, was less than satisfying for me.

If you really love child prodigy movies, this one might be worth an iTunes rental a month from now. But for now, you're better off staying home and re-watching Good Will Hunting, which does everything this movie tries to do but with far better execution and emotional resonance.


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