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Ordinary Magic (1993)

TV-PG | | Drama | 21 October 1993 (USA)
The misadventures of a boy sent to live with his aunt in Canada, where he and a group of unlikely heroes take a stand against the ski resort infringing upon his new home.

Director:

Giles Walker

Writers:

Malcolm Bosse (novel), Jefferson Lewis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Ganesh / Jeffrey
Glenne Headly ... Charlotte
David Fox ... Father / Warren
Anver Jameel Anver Jameel ... Running Boy
Kamalini Selvarajan Kamalini Selvarajan ... Indian Teacher
Denavaka Hamine Denavaka Hamine ... Vani
Sillaiyoor Selvarajan Sillaiyoor Selvarajan ... Doctor
Heath Lamberts ... Mayor
Joe Roncetti Joe Roncetti ... Tom
Les Rubie Les Rubie ... Pitky
Ron White ... Rick
Mark Wilson ... Mr. Harris
Cara Pifko ... Lucy
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... Phys. Ed. Teacher
James Bulliard ... Mick
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When his father dies, Jeffrey (Ryan Reynolds) is sent to live with his aunt Charlotte (Glenne Headly) in Canada. Once there he leads his aunt and his friends in staging a non-violent hunger strike to try to save his aunt's house from being demolished to make room for a ski resort. Written by Ellen Davis

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Ordinary Man
Written by Mark Tojici
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A wonderful story well told.
27 May 2001 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

When Warren Moore dies as a Canadian expatriate in India, he leaves a son Jeffrey who has been raised his entire life in India and who has been taught to follow Indian beliefs including Hinduism.

Jeffrey (nicknamed Ganesh by his father) is forced to return to Canada to live with Charlotte, his father's sister. Jeffrey's beliefs are as foreign and unsuited for Canada as his wardrobe.

Charlotte is not entirely able to take care of herself, let alone a teenager who is different. She has been ignoring legal notices for some time and is in danger of losing the family's ancestral home.

Jeffrey's fellow high school students and even his teachers quickly single him out as different. He is mocked for his different way of speaking but the students and faculty soon learn that Jeffrey has an inner strength that makes him different in positive ways as well.

Some students are more generous of spirit. Tom, the captain of the high school basketball team, and Lucy, a girl at the school, take an interest in him and befriend him.

Jeffrey finally gains acceptance and a bit of local notoriety when he starts to aid his aunt in the struggle to keep the family home. He explains the principles of satyagraha to her and they begin a hunger strike that end up changing the whole town.

This movie is a great story, well told. The movie has an honest, genuine,

life affirming quality ably served by the Cat Stephens music sprinkled throughout. Ryan Reynolds and Joe Roncetti are adorable as Jeffrey and Tom and Glenne Headly is very convincing as Charlotte.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

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