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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 4 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 ... 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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Who Gives You the Courage to Face the World? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first movies to feature the rebuilt World Trade Center Freedom Tower (the blue glass-looking skyscraper in the background of most of this movie's aerial shots of New York City). See more »

Goofs

In scenes that take place in the month of February, there are green leaves on the trees. The film takes place in New York. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Tushman: Auggie can't change how he looks. Maybe we should change how we see.
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Connections

Features The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

MOTH'S WINGS
Written by Michael Angelakos
Performed by Passion Pit
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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It's a tearjerker
20 December 2017 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

When you learn that a movie's premise is about a young boy with facial differences, you know it's going to tug at your heart strings, wet your eyes, and put a lump in your throat. On those notes, Wonder delivers in a big way.

Wonder tells the story of Augie Bloom (Jacob Tremblay), a 10-year-old boy who attends school for the first time, after his mother (Julia Roberts) had previously home-schooled him. His journey hits all the affecting, though predictable notes. He encounters bullies, a nice kid, an understanding and comforting principle, and a hip young teacher who possesses the wisdom of someone much older.

Nothing on Augie's journey's will surprise you, but I challenge you to resist the emotional ebbs and flows along the way. That's the movie's main objective. It wants to make you cry and it succeeds in doing so. Aside from a few occasions in which it resorts to shameless manipulations, you won't feel too terribly about giving in to the feel-goodness.

The performances are sincere, even if the actors are more so playing clichés than thoughtfully-formed characters. Julia Roberts shines are the tough and loving mother. Owen Wilson plays the dad with his familiar cool guy with a big heart routine. It works. While he plays a supporting role in Augie's life compared to mom, he keys some of the pivotal moments of Augie's growth. Augie's sister Via (Isabela Vidovic) dutifully asks little of her parents, knowing how much work and attention they must give to her brother.

The best part of the movie is that we see multiple perspectives, like that of Via. Several times during the movie, a different character's name appears on screen and we see his or her story. Via is one. Augie's friend Jack Will (Noah Jupe, tremendous young actor) is another. Via's best friend's personal story, who inexplicably distances herself from Via this school year, is the most illuminating. Director Stephen Chbosky's makes a wise choice to cover the story from other points of view. From this we can see not only Augie's story, but also the impact that he has on others.

Though I'd like to have seen the material speak for itself more often, rather forced upon viewers in a way that feels, well, forced. We're going to feel sorrow during Augie's struggles and uplifted during his triumphs. Additional attempts to emotionally manipulate aren't necessary. Luckily, they don't overshadow the movie's warm moments or its wonderful message.

The winning moments outnumber the sigh-worthy ones. And the overall effect is charming. Augie really is a great kid. It's okay to shed a tear and smile.


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