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SAVING MR. BANKS

 
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At Theaters: 12/13/2013 On Video: 3/18/2014
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600230
Studio: Disney Pictures Inc.
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When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise -- one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.
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Drama - While about the making of the family classic Mary Poppins, this behind-the-scenes look mostly has appeal for adults, especially older ones. Tom Hanks has a supporting part to Emma Thompson, who is the central star. Some adult themes, namely alcoholism, may be of concern to parents of young kids, but the film may be a bit too talky for the youngest of kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Emma Thompson BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, BRAVE
Tom Hanks CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, CLOUD ATLAS
Paul Giamatti ROMEO & JULIET, TURBO
Jason Schwartzman MOONRISE KINGDOM, FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Colin Farrell EPIC, DEAD MAN DOWN
Director: John Lee Hancock THE BLIND SIDE
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Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 GD; a couple of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Some bloodshed.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Constant dry verbal humor.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good 'Saving Mr. Banks' is an intoxicating kiddie cocktail for young-at-heart adults, inspired by a Disney fairy tale based on fact: the making of 'Mary Poppins,'...

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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Based on an Exit Polling of 114 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
4
High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
6
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
38
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
48
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 114 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: The four children said they loved "Saving Mr. Banks," but I'm not sure why since this is clearly not a movie most children would find interesting. Ten to twelve-year-old kids are probably old enough to enjoy it.
TEENS: Two males loved it and four rated it above average. The four female reviews show two loved it and two enjoyed it very much, rating it above average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The two males only felt it was an average movie, but two reviews aren't enough to be accurate. All of the females loved "Saving Mr. Banks."
ADULTS: GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females! Two-thirds of the males and nearly three-quarters of the females loved this movie. Most of the remaining reviews indicate an above average movie. Only a small percentage rated it as low as "Good/Average," which indicates an average movie (enjoyable but not especially memorable).


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise -- one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

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