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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wonder: Time to Choose Kind

Disclosure:  My family and I were provided with free screening tickets in exchange for this review.  No other compensation was received. 

A few weeks ago I got an email invite to attend the Denver screening of Wonder.  I had heard of the book but never read it so when I read the synopsis of the movie I quickly figured out why the book was such a bestseller.  Never mind the amazing cast, Julia Roberts - LOVE HER, this movie trailer and description looked great.  Now came the decision of who to bring.  The content of this movie is raw and real so could my 5 and 7 year old handle it??  

Our decision, after talking to some people that had read the book, was to take both Jude and Teagan to the screening.  I am so glad we did and I am so bummed that I didn't read this book before we saw the movie.  Book reader fail!!  

Wonder hits theaters on Friday November 17, 2017!

Synopsis of Wonder:

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

Official Site
Art, trailers and more: www.lionsgatepublicity.com/theatrical/Wonder
Hashtag: #ChooseKind, #WonderTheMovie
Rating: PG – For thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language
U.S. Release Date: November 17, 2017
Running Time: 113 minutes
Cast: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Izabela Vidovic
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Screenplay by: Stephen Chbosky and Steven Conrad and Jack Thorne
Based on the novel by: R. J. Palacio
Produced by: David Hoberman, p.g.a., Todd Lieberman, p.g.a.
Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Robert Kessel, Michael Beugg, R.J. Palacio, Alexander Young

Both of my kids were so into this movie.  Like I said, I was a bit worried about them actually getting it but they did.  Both of them really got the WONDER.  Auggie showed us what it was like to live a life looking and feeling different but he also showed us how to love.  

Jude, our sensitive guy, cried multiple times in the movie - I did as well.  Once we made it to the car after the movie it was great to hear the discussions and questions from the kids.  In a time that parents are constantly worried about their children being hurt or bullied in school, this movie really hits home.  How do we teach kindness, how do we teach love, how do we teach our children CHOOSE kind?  

I would recommend seeing this movie with your children.  I think this story can teach all of us how to #choosekind.  It was refreshing to watch a movie filled with love.  Through out the movie I felt very connected to pretty much every character in the story.  This film was fantastic and I really cannot wait to watch it again.  

Even the trailer makes me teary eyed!  Fantastic.  

Now that I have learned more about Wonder, I am ready to read the book.  There are two additional books that the author has added to the Wonder collection.  

If you have seen this movie, I would love to hear your thoughts and reviews.  Do you have plans to take your kids to see Wonder when it hits theaters?

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  1. I saw this advertise on TV and would love to go see it. I grew up in a small town where kids had their clicks. It was hard for me because I was fat but there was a kid that had it much harder than I did. He was deformed. His hands only had three fingers and his head was misshapen. His facial features were all out of proportion. Yet, he thrived and was one of the most popular kids in high school. I learned a lot from him.

  2. Our granddaughter is currently reading this book. I'm planning to read it after her. I've heard so many good things. The movie trailer looks fantastic!

  3. I nearly cry every time I see the previews for this movie. I can't imagine how much it'll touch me in the theater. I would love to read the book first.

  4. My daughter cried tonight for 30 minutes over the TILE commercial with the missing Panda Bear. I'm not sure she could handle this movie! Haha! I think that it would spark good conversation with her if she were able to handle it.

  5. I am really looking forward to seeing this one. I've seen the commercial a dozen times and still watch it every time it comes on. It just looks like such a heartwarming story, especially right around the holidays.

  6. At first I thought I had not heard of this book, or movie but after reading your synopsis I realized I had seen one trailer for it. At the time I thought the idea behind it was a lot like the movie Mask, which is great! We need more understanding in our society today and I think it is great you took your kids!

  7. I've heard so much about this. The book was highly recommended by the children's librarian when she visited the teachers' college my daughter was attending and I've had it on my list to read since then. I look forward to seeing the movie!

  8. Im looking forward to seeing this movie. We saw the previews and all of us agreed that its a must see. We are going during the break.

  9. I looking forward to this movie. I havent read the book and now I am thinking I should. I have planned on taking my kids to this. My son has Autism and i am hoping he will see some of the lessons. He often says things that hurt people. He doesn't understand that it hurts because most of the time he doesnt even understand people are picking on him.

  10. I am a huge fan of Julia Roberts and I am really excited for this movie. I wish more movies and more media in general took the time to showcase how amazing humans can be and push the good versus the nice. I'm hoping a lot of parents take their kids to this movie!


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