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TUCK EVERLASTING

 
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At Theaters: 10/11/2002 On Video: 2/25/2003
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 30 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409981
Studio: Disney Pictures Inc.
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Winnie Foster longs for a life outside the control of her domineering mother. She happens upon Jess Tuck when she gets lost in the woods near her home. Tuck and his family are kind and generous, and take her in as one of their own. The Tucks hold a secret, and they fear that the world as they know it could end. Winnie must make a big decision.
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Drama Fantasy - A rather slow story most of the time. It's mostly a lighthearted story of young love, but it has several long scenes of intense drama. There's almost no action or humor so it's only for those who enjoy human dramas.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Alexis Bledel TV's - GILMORE GIRLS
William Hurt CHANGING LANES, ONE TRUE THING, LOST IN SPACE
Sissy Spacek IN THE BEDROOM, THE STRAIGHT STORY
Jonathan Jackson THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN
Scott Bairstow WILD AMERICA
Ben Kingsley SEXY BEAST, WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?
Director: Jay Russell MY DOG SKIP
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: One man hit in head and killed.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: One chase scene is about it.
COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny moments.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Very Good "Charming and thought-provoking, this is the kind of movie with the sweetness necessary to appeal to younger (although not too young) viewers and the philosophical richness to draw in veteran movie-goers.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "The movie is too impressed with its own solemn insights to work up much entertainment value; is too much fable to be convincing as life; is awkward in the way it tries to convince us Winnie's in danger when we're pretty sure she's not.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Good "Tuck Everlasting is the kind of fare most parents say they want: well-acted, engrossing stories with excitement, adventure, strong characters and a thought-provoking plot.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "Majestic performances by its adult stars and a surprisingly complex one from a young actress best known for TV's too-cute-by-half Gilmore Girls lift this adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's classic children's novel past its plot holes and into a state of lightheaded grace.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 226 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
32
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
5
Fairly High
60%
13-19Teens (F)
61
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
7
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
19
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
25
Fairly High
96%
30+Adults (F)
77
High
96%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some very mixed opinions, which I actually expected. That's why I said in my prediction that it's a slow moving drama. When I saw this movie I thought it was fairly entertaining, but certainly nothing special. Apparently a lot of moviegoers agreed.

These mixed opinions indicate a movie most people enjoyed, at least to some degree, but very few thought it was great. For such mixed opinions there were actually very few negative comments. This indicates that there wasn't really any specific thing in the movie to complain about that made it less enjoyable. It's just an average to slightly above average movie.

I would still recommend "Tuck Everlasting," just not too strongly. I have little doubt that most would find it enjoyable enough. Plus it's a good clean movie fit for the entire family and there are so few of those types of movies nowadays.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
A rather slow moving human drama that should appeal to those who are entertained by the story rather than the action. The story of young love should interest younger teens and the clean, entertaining story should interest adults.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Winnie Foster (ALEXIS BLEDEL), a teenage girl on the cusp of maturity, longs for a life outside the control of her domineering mother (AMY IRVING). When lost in the woods near her home, she happens upon Jesse Tuck (JONATHAN JACKSON), a boy unlike any she's ever met before. He and his family (WILLIAM HURT, SISSY SPACEK, SCOTT BAIRSTOW) are kind and generous, and they immediately take her in as one of their own. However, the Tucks hold a powerful secret, and with the mysterious Man in the Yellow Suit (SIR BEN KINGSLEY) tracking them down, they fear that the world as they know it could end. Ultimately, Winnie must decide whether to return to her life or stay with her beloved Jesse and his family forever.
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