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Wonder (2017)

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Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Director:

Stephen Chbosky

Writers:

Stephen Chbosky (screenplay by), Steve Conrad (screenplay by) (as Steven Conrad) | 2 more credits »
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'Wonder' Stars Talk About How It's Rude to Stare

Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, and Owen Wilson talk about how staring can make someone feel uncomfortable — something Auggie in Wonder has to deal with every day.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Tremblay ... Auggie
Owen Wilson ... Nate
Izabela Vidovic ... Via
Julia Roberts ... Isabel
Mark Dozlaw ... Teenage Doctor
Rukiya Bernard ... Nurse
Jennifer March Jennifer March ... Neonatologist
Mandy Patinkin ... Mr. Tushman
Noah Jupe ... Jack Will
Bryce Gheisar ... Julian
Elle McKinnon ... Charlotte
Daveed Diggs ... Mr. Browne
Ty Consiglio ... Amos
Kyle Breitkopf ... Miles
James A Hughes ... Henry (as James Hughes)
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Storyline

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Written by Lionsgate

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Get ready to meet Auggie Pullman. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraordinario See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$132,422,809

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$305,593,765
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

R.J. Palacio got the inspiration to write the book after taking her son out for ice cream, where they saw a child with Treacher Collins Syndrome. Her son cried at the sight of this boy. This story is used in a scene from the film, where Jack Will's (Noah Jupe's) mother is reminding him why it's important to make Auggie feel welcome. See more »

Goofs

In scenes that take place in the month of February, there are green leaves on the trees. The film takes place in New York. See more »

Quotes

Via: You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
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Featured in Box Office: Episode dated 30 November 2017 (2017) See more »

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MOTH'S WINGS
Written by Michael Angelakos
Performed by Passion Pit
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Give a standing ovation to "Wonder": This movie is full of...well, wonder.
19 November 2017 | by terrellrobinson71See all my reviews

Have you ever felt like you were the same as everybody else, but you were also different from the world? 10-year-old Auggie Pullman will tell you that while he feels extraordinary on the inside, outside, he doesn't feel like that. He feels lonely, invisible to everyone around him. I guess, maybe we all feel like that sometimes. Maybe we're outsiders trying to leave a mark on the world, just like Auggie. Which is why "Wonder" appeals to the underdogs in all of us. This beautiful book, which came from the riveting and honest imagination of author R.J. Palacio, has touched the lives of millions of readers of all ages (I'm one of those readers). Now, with the help of co-writer/director Stephen Chbosky (Author/screenwriter/director of one of my favorite tales, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower", Co-writer of Disney's astonishing live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast"), I can't imagine anyone, kid or adult, ever being disappointed with this endearing adaptation of a beloved book that has great messages of never judging a person by their looks and to always choose kind, which is something that we all need to learn from in this day and age. With convincing prosthetics and makeup that makes look nearly unrecognizable, the wondrous Jacob Tremblay from "Room" and "The Book of Henry" is brilliant as Auggie. He has Treacher-Collins Syndrome (a craniofacial disorder) and has survived 27 surgeries. After being home-schooled for half his life by his mom, Isabel (Julia Roberts. still luminous and radiant as ever), he is sent to public school for the first time, with a little help from her, his dad, Nate (Owen Wilson) and his sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic), who has always been there for him. As soon as he goes to school, he immediately gets picked on and bullied because of his appearance. Some kids, including Jack Will (Noah Jupe) and Summer (Millie Davis) accepts him for who he is. Even some of the staff, including English teacher, Mr. Browne (Daveed Diggs from "Hamilton") and the principal, Mr. Tushman (Mandy Patinkin) cares for him. But some, including bully Julian (Bryce Gheisar), don't like him. As the story progresses, we get to see the different perspectives of each of the characters, family and friends, who will leave an impact in Auggie's life in moments that are good and bad. Only then, Auggie will unlock the power of acceptance and friendship in order for him to truly find his place in the world. "Wonder" is a tough-minded film that reminded so much of how I used to love the classic family films I grew up with. A movie that doesn't dwell on special effects, talking animals or a big budget, but has deeper thoughts and real themes that enthralls the inner kid in all of us. It's moving, funny and tenderhearted in an authentic way that shows us that we have to see through the eyes and soul of another person, rather than seeing what that person looks like. It also helps by having a great writer/director and a terrific, well-chosen cast (including poignant turns from Danielle Rose Russell and Nadji Jeter, who plays Via's friend and first love, respectfully and a brief cameo from Sonia Braga as the Pullmans' grandmother) who care for this story that it never goes over the top with the emotions and it never goes down a conventional, melodramatic and saccharine path. Every moment of emotion fits like a puzzle and convincingly flows in every scene. Auggie said, "We all deserve a standing ovation at least once in our lives." I say, we should all give a standing ovation to both book and movie of "Wonder", because like its characters that gets their moments of pure humanity and, of course, dear little Auggie, this story is a wonder. I will never forget this movie and I hope that families around the world who have always wanted to stand out from the crowd, no matter how different they are, will do the same.


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