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Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy, his spirited young niece Mary, 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, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: GIFT
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
1 videodisc (101 min.) sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Franln Oct 08, 2017

The little girl in this movie is extraordinary. She has the longest thickest eyelashes I've seen on a child.

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Mar 22, 2018

Nicely done, flashes of humour, believable characters, very enjoyable. Could easily watch another time or 2. The deleted scenes were good and would have fit well in the movie.

Mar 21, 2018

I really enjoyed this film. Was captured by the brilliance of the young actress Mckenna Grace (young Tanya in, I Tanya). Also liked the other main characters played by Chris Evans (Captain America), Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water, Hidden Figures), Lindsay Duncan and Jenny
Slate. Mckenna Grace reminded me of when I first saw the actress Dakota Fanning in the 2002, I Am Sam.
The 8 minutes of deleted scenes were interesting to see.

Mar 17, 2018

Well done by everyone involved. Good to see 'Cap' and his once real life girlfriend onscreen as book ends to the incredible story of the little girl genius. Worth the watch!

Mar 10, 2018

Courtroom scenes were the best part.

Mar 01, 2018

This film slowly reveals some of the backstory, but not so much that we truly understand the lifestyle of the adoptive parent. Evelyn on the other hand is portrayed as far too malevolent & sinister to be taken seriously. The interactions in the film generate emotional involvement with the outcome, but in another version of this film both "parents" would have been bled dry by the legal system; now that would be realistic.

Feb 28, 2018

Loved it! Unexpected in places, really well-acted by the leads. Beautiful song at the end. Highly recommended!

AL_STEFENI Feb 26, 2018

I really enjoyed this movie and how the story line unfolded. The relationship between the little girl and her uncle is very sweet, and shows an interesting non-traditional family and very much family there for each other.

Feb 11, 2018

I'm glad to see Chris Evans in a non-Marvel comic hero role for once. He was a convincing free wheeling uncle-guardian and what a great voice and presence. The little girl prodigy was sensational (a future teen star?) and the grandmother actress was scary and convincing. Octavia Spencer had such a small role but she did shine at the end of the movie with her one-liners. The only weak link was the elementary school teacher - I understand they wanted to cast an unsophisticated character but her voice was irritating and unconvincing.

Not a movie for children to watch but definitely a good flick to highlight the difficulties of child guardianship and what is best for a gifted child. Definitely should be on your short list of 2017 flicks.

Feb 06, 2018

A superb, heart-warming, unique movie! Great cast and beautiful acting! Some humorous and intense scenes in this well-produced drama! A fascinating story, set in a beautiful location! A whole family can enjoy this! Highly recommended!
Make sure to watch Extras!

Jan 13, 2018

Jan. 13th/2018 , Review.
A unique 2-3 star movie with an odd climax/theme. I think the little gifted girl was NOT made out to be very believable in having those gifted, mathematical genius powers to be? This girl did NOT somehow, fit the bill somehow as being an student extraordinaire. Anyhow, the overall theme was different or unique in the 'Tug-a-war', between the 2 legal custodians and the foster family coming in towards the end. I won't watch this again - pass. Ho-Hum. ??????

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Aug 04, 2017

For my Show and tell I have... the most awesome cat in the history of times.
Not only is his name Fred, but... He has just one eye. Uno. Go ahead and count... but I promise you is always one.
If anybody takes that baby away, I'll smother you in your sleep.
I have a very strange kid.
-I have 27 strange kids.
You're still stubborn and vindictive.
-Careful, Mother. There's an apple and tree analogy lurking.
And I think the last thing that little girl needs... is reinforcement that she's
different. ... But a 12 year old bullies a 7 year old and she stands up? Do you know how important that is to me that she did that? You know how proud I am of her? Aren't you? ... I know. You can't hit people. That will be made very clear. I get that. But Miss Davis, if we separate our leaders... If we segregate them from people like you and me... you get congressman.

Aug 04, 2017

Frank, please listen to reason. At some point, are you gonna get to conclusion... or someone in authority are going to spell it out for you... that the child best interest is all that matters.
I wear sunscreen.
-Not enough. And you need a hat. A big hat that shades your face and neck.
You're playing Russian roulette with your skin. You look like porn producer.
Here's an idea. Stop thinking about me and you... and start thinking what's best for a child. For any reasonable person, a clear picture will emerge. If it doesn't, I suggest you call your attorney.

I can provide for her. I can enrich her life.
-Come on, Evelyn. You're gonna take that girl, you are gonna bury her in tutors... The you'll loan her out to some think tank where she could talk non-trivial zeros... with a bunch of old Russian guys for the rest of her life. And you'd bury her under a rock.
-Look, I didn't expect you to understand the price you have to pay for greatness.

Aug 04, 2017

No more math today.
-Is there a God?
I don't know.
-Just tell me.
I would if I could. But I don't know. Neither does anybody else.
-Roberta knows.
No. Roberta has faith... and that's the great thing to have. But faith's about what you think, feel. Not what you know.
-What about Jesus?
Love that guy. Do what he says.
-But is he God?
I don't know. I have an opinion. But that's my opinion and I could be wrong.
There was a guy on TV who said there was no God.
-The only thing different between the things you saw on TV and Roberta is Roberta loves you. She tries to help.
And your Honor, as far as the living conditions... I've been in this home.
It's fine. I mean, if we adopt standards based on our friend's aversion to palmetto bugs... we won't have a child left side of Tallahassee.

Aug 04, 2017

These are Millennium problems. Seven great and meaningful problems.
Some mathematicians have worked their entire lives to prove them.
-Who's the dude with the beard?
That's not a dude. That's Grigori Perelman. He proved Poincare conjecture.
The only one of the seven proved.
Do you really have no life because of me?
-That's not what I said.
Did you mean it?
-Last week you said I was the worst uncle in the world... and you wished the dead of me, cause I didn't buy you a piano. Did you mean that?
No... Not entirely.
-There you go. We say things all the time we don't mean.
Would I like to have Mary tonight?
-I'd like to have Mary every night.

Aug 04, 2017

Frank says I'm not supposed to correct older people. Nobody like a smart-ass.
This is gonna be fun. You're gonna meet kids today you can borrow money from the rest of your life.
I knew that guy was gonna have a beard, before we even went in there. Math teachers like to grow beards.
He can be pretty annoying, but he's a good person. I think.
-Why do you say that?
He wanted me before I was smart.
Is Roberta your only friend your age?
-Roberta's not my age. She's like 40, 50... 30-something.
Roberta's grown woman?
-People my age are boring. Roberta's cool.
And I'm supposed to believe you know what you're doing. You couldn't even find a white lawyer.

Aug 04, 2017

Well, your stepfather is in Montana. He bought a ranch.
Exactly. A man whose idea of roughing it... is being too far from the ice machine at the Ritz's Carlton, now owns a 1000 acres of grass and dung.
-Walter Price is a cowboy. Walter Price puts Brooke's brother suit to take out the garbage?
He has a cowboy hat and cowboy boots... and a horse that doesn't know
- Is there some logical reason for this?
Midlife crisis, apparently.
- He's 70.
I know. Must have been on time delay or something. I guess I should be happy it wasn't 25 year old cocktail waitress. But than again an affair you can
explain to friends in a minute. For this, you put on a pot of coffee.
She gotta go out in the world. She has not friend her age. No social skills. She doessn't know how to be a kid. Two nights ago she told me that even if Germany bails out the euro, there could still be worldwide depression. I was staring at the ceiling for three hours. I'm so worried.

Aug 04, 2017

Diane was not like regular people. She was extraordinary. And extraordinary people come with singular issues and needs. You have no idea of capability
she possessed. One in a billion. And you would say: " Fine, let's throw that away, so the boy who cuts our yard can make sexy conquest. Well maybe before you make that decision, you stand in my shoes. I had responsibilities, which are beyond the mother-daugther relationship. The greateest discoveries, which have proved life on this planet... have come from minds rarer than radium. Without them, we'd still be crawling in mud.
If I got one for three, I'm in the Hall of Fame.

Aug 04, 2017

What is this book?
-Discourse on Method. Rene Descartes.
What's it about?
-Yup. " I think, therefore I am".
Well, of course you are. That's obvious.
She's not normal, but if Einstein can ride a bike so can she.
Her lawyer has a nice suit.
-Relax Frank! More weight's put on the talent competition.
You're going to a brand new school. A better school.
-I don't want to. I want my crummy school.
This is a mistake. We'll never be able to raise this child... to the level of scholarship she deserves.
- Well... just dumb her down into a decent human being. Everybody wins.
Diane understood she was accountable for the gift she'd been given. And she didn't shy from it. And I think, if she were here today, Mr. Attorney, she would refute your baseless insinuations, that she would give up her brilliant future and take her own life just because her mummy didn't get her a little red wagon.


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