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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.

Director:

Marilyn Agrelo

Writers:

Pamela Falk (screenplay), Michael Ellis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Alba ... Mona Gray
Chris Messina ... Ben Smith
Sônia Braga ... Mom (as Sonia Braga)
John Shea ... Dad
J.K. Simmons ... Mr. Jones
Sophie Nyweide ... Lisa Venus
Bailee Madison ... Young Mona
Marylouise Burke ... Ms. Gelband
Ashlie Atkinson ... Lisa's Aunt
Crystal Bock Crystal Bock ... Panida Saleswoman
Mackenzie Milone ... Ann DiGanno
Ian Colletti ... Danny O'Mazzi
Jake Siciliano ... Elmer Gravlaki
Stephanie DeBolt Stephanie DeBolt ... Ellen
Joanna Adler ... Lisa's Mom
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Invisible Sign of My Own See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$854, 5 May 2011, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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American Fantasy!!
20 May 2011 | by njmolloSee all my reviews

It is important to note that the America depicted in An Invisible Sign (2010) is a pure Hollywood fantasy.

If you can suspend your disbelief and see "America" through Hollywood's eyes, then be prepared to enter a world devoid of any semblance of reality.

In the "America" of An Invisible Sign, there is no hint of poverty. Add to that, an education system where teachers are free to practise their own unique and individualistic methods of teaching their students. Class sizes are small and multi-culturally politically correct.

Also, in An Invisible Sign's "America", a delusional and mentally ill person may be employed without qualifications to teach impressionable children. The mentally ill "teacher" may now bring an axe to school and almost use it to split open one of the children. This is of little importance because even if such psychotic behaviour is exposed, there is a very good chance that re-employment at the same school is possible.

The moribund script and turgid dialogue give us lines such as "If I go to the bathroom, stop me." "I will not be your bathroom monitor!"

The dumbing down of America continues.


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