I was so excited to get a girl’s night out with one of my good friends this week and see an early screening of the new movie GIFTED, starring Chris Evans. While I assumed the movie would be sweet and provide a good message, I was pleasantly surprised that GIFTED is Touching and Comedic – a great date night film!
The basis of GIFTED is that Frank is the guardian for his 7 year old niece Mary after the tragic death of his sister. While playful, sweet and innocent, Mary is also extremely brilliant in mathematics. When she begins public school and this is brought to the principal’s attention, Frank’s ‘very British’ mother suddenly appears out of the blue and fights for custody of Mary. Frank’s neighbor and good friend Roberta, and Mary’s teacher Bonnie see how much Frank just wants her to have a ‘normal’ childhood. He wants her to have friends, play, and enjoy life without being confined doing math constantly. Perhaps he’s worried Mary will suffer the same life as her mother.
They don’t have much money, or even a reliable job, but Mary loves her life with Frank and Roberta. Her granmother, Evelyn, believes her potential is being destroyed and that Frank is keeping her from her purpose, so her already rocky relationship with him gets even worse as they battle in court for what they each believe is best for Mary.
There’s so much strength in the relationships in GIFTED, and I love the cast they chose because they play their roles beautifully. It pulls you in by your heartstrings, and yes I did almost cry at times. More than that, though, it included a lot of humor and moments that just had the audience laughing and grinning from ear to ear! Life’s about joy and goodness, and GIFTED has plenty of that to go around.
There is some language in this movie – the F-word is used once, and a few other ‘minor’ swear words are used in the film. There’s also a suggestive sexual night, but nothing it shown. I personally will wait to let my young kids see the movie due to those few things, but I believe for teens and adults is absolutely a beautiful movie!
GIFTED hits theaters April 7th!
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