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Wonder (2017)

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Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Director:

Stephen Chbosky

Writers:

Stephen Chbosky (screenplay by), Steve Conrad (screenplay by) (as Steven Conrad) | 2 more credits »
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'Wonder' Stars Talk About How It's Rude to Stare

Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, and Owen Wilson talk about how staring can make someone feel uncomfortable — something Auggie in Wonder has to deal with every day.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Tremblay ... Auggie
Owen Wilson ... Nate
Izabela Vidovic ... Via
Julia Roberts ... Isabel
Mark Dozlaw ... Teenage Doctor
Rukiya Bernard ... Nurse
Jennifer March Jennifer March ... Neonatologist
Mandy Patinkin ... Mr. Tushman
Noah Jupe ... Jack Will
Bryce Gheisar ... Julian
Elle McKinnon ... Charlotte
Daveed Diggs ... Mr. Browne
Ty Consiglio ... Amos
Kyle Breitkopf ... Miles
James A Hughes James A Hughes ... Henry (as James Hughes)
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Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly 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 discover 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. Written by Lionsgate

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Taglines:

You can't try and blend in, When you were born to stand out. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraordinario See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$132,422,809

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$305,593,765
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the best selling novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio. See more »

Goofs

When Auggie's dad drags the Christmas tree out of the house the tree is in the first two shots held by the bottom, in the third shot when the tree is almost through the door the tree is held by the top. See more »

Quotes

Nate: You feel like you're all alone here, but you're not!
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Connections

References Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

MONSTER MASH
Written by Leonard L. Capizzi and Bobby Pickett
Performed by Bobby Pickett (as Bobby (Boris) Pickett) And The Crypt-Kickers
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Cute, but weirdly contrived and confused with its messages
7 December 2017 | by rabbitmoonSee all my reviews

Here's the thing - the film is asking you to see the real person inside, to offer kindness because 'everyone's fighting a battle'.

Yet, as soon as Auggie is introduced to fellow classmates, his overly-cutesy narration goes "you can tell a lot about people by their shoes". Camera pans down. "The trust fund kid. The hand-me- down kid. The crazy one" (cut to clip of the girl being attention seeking, as if to reinforce Auggie's assumptions). The audience is supposed to lol along.

How is this fair? Immediately Auggie is stereotyping kids before they've even spoken, something he himself is plagued by.

Similarly, it then introduces one bully after another, always 'curing' the first bully (with a message of "hey - with a bit of kindness, even bullies turn happy and become your best friend!") before moving onto the next. Of course, despite all this "see the real person inside" malarky, the film can't help but introduce some 'super-bullies' (older 7th graders!) who the kids delight in beating up as they 'bond' as new found friends.

Then, Auggie receives a recognition prize despite all the other kids being the ones who help him - often having to fight against his negative expectations and assumptions of their agenda.

Its very confused and jarring in its messages. Wonder is absolutely your 'safe' family film where everyone bumbles along to happy- plinky-plonky piano music, and any problems are soon solved with a hug. It takes place in an ideal world where anxieties, insecurities, bullies, and all complex human issues are solved via simplistic and contrived 'fixes' (normally involving hugs).

I would like to say this doesn't matter because kids and families just want light entertainment - but I think it really does matter. Films have so much more power to inspire and share human truths and complexities, there's no real point in just passing the time with something so shallow.


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