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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.

Director:

Marc Webb

Writer:

Tom Flynn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Evans ... Frank Adler
Mckenna Grace ... Mary Adler (as McKenna Grace)
Lindsay Duncan ... Evelyn Adler
Octavia Spencer ... Roberta Taylor
Jenny Slate ... Bonnie Stevenson
Michael Kendall Kaplan ... Justin Gilmore
John M. Jackson ... Judge Edward Nichols
Glenn Plummer ... Greg Cullen
John Finn ... Aubrey Highsmith
Elizabeth Marvel ... Gloria Davis
Candace B. Harris ... Carly Rosen
Jon Sklaroff ... Seymore Shankland
Jona Xiao ... Lijuan
Julie Ann Emery ... Pat Golding
Keir O'Donnell ... Bradley Pollard
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Storyline

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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How do you create an ordinary life for an extraordinary girl See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un don excepcional See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$446,380, 7 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,801,212, 24 August 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,193,907, 10 October 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This was director Marc Webb's first original film since (500) Days of Summer (2009). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Mary seems to have recently lost her two front teeth. Although the story clearly covers several months (court battles, changes of school...), the poor girl's new teeth never grow in, and at the end of the movie she is just as toothless as at the beginning. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Adler: [through the door] Hey! Hey, come on. Let's move!
Mary Adler: No!
Frank Adler: Let me see.
Mary Adler: No.
Frank Adler: Come on, I made you special breakfast.
Mary Adler: You can't cook.
Frank Adler: Hey, Mary, open up.
[as she emerges]
Frank Adler: You look beautiful.
[...]
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Connections

References The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wind
Written by Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Performed by Cat Stevens
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd. under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A very good watch, especially for the acting and the direction. Loved the chemistry between Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace.
24 April 2017 | by jay-techie2007See all my reviews

Great movie to watch. I loved the chemistry between Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace. Something to watch out. The direction is great and the story very much moving.

Story (8/10): Mary is a gifted child who is way above her biological age. She solves complex math problems and provides expert views on politics. However, her late mother's brother, Frank, is determined to give her a normal life like every other kid. However there is as much he can hide from the world, especially her school. Eventually, it turns into a courtroom battle of Mary's custody between Frank and his mother, Mary's grandmother, Evelyn, who wants to have her in top schools for gifted in the country and solve some of the all time great problems in mathematics. In the midst of all this, there is a secret kept safe around Mary's mother's death. While the plot isn't so powerful, the script was very well written which is why the movie was gripping and managed to keep audience's attention. I loved the character sketch of Mary and Evelyn in particular - very assertive, except that Mary had more subtlety instead of visible aggression.

Acting (9/10): Chris Evans is great in the role of Frank. His brilliant chemistry with Mckenna Grace is perhaps the reason the movie was so enjoyable. Mckenna Grace had definitely tough role playing a gifted child with all the jargons. However, the raw naughtiness she was able to project just normal to any child of her age brought a lot of life to her role. Lindsay Duncan was good too - reminded me of Leonard's mother from BBT. This was only the second movie of Octavia Spencer I've watched and she was good again even in a limited role. She made her presence felt strongly in the movie even with two other leading ladies more closely related to the protagonists. Overall, the movie had some very good performances to watch out for.

Direction (9/10): Marc Webb elevated an average story into an excellent cinema. His projection of the artistic side (right brain) of an otherwise math genius (left brain) was great and something to take away from the movie. The humor kept the movie light and fun to watch. I loved the way the relationship of Frank and Mary was projected. Some of the scenes, like the hospital one, were beautifully conceptualized and executed.

Overall (9/10): Overall, it's a very good watch, especially for the acting and the direction. Even though it's a drama but still not heavy.


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