Because of Winn-Dixie
An inseparable bond develops between a lonely 10-year-old girl (AnnaSophia Robb) and an orphaned dog, Winn-Dixie (named for the supermarket where she found him), who helps her make friends in a small Florida town. The pup not only unites the townspeople; it also helps the girl heal her own troubled relationship with her father (Jeff Daniels). Eva Marie Saint and Cicely Tyson co-star in this family friendly drama based on Kate DiCamillo's book.
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- Wayne Wang
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Widescreen 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; featurettes; cast and crew interview; cast and crew information.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that beneath the heartwarming, often funny, story of a young girl's relationship with a lovable mutt, Because of Winn-Dixie deals with some significant life experiences, (abandonment, alcoholism, death of a loved one, and the difficulties that come with major change in a child's life). The issues are treated sensitively and gently, without too much detail. Multiple positive messages are either clearly stated or subtly integrated into the story and character arcs. The few action sequences are either comic (dog pulling down policeman's trousers, falls, chases) or mildly suspenseful (flashback of a bear, the dog catching and releasing a mouse, and the dog fearfully reacting to thunderstorms). There is one use of "hell," and a couple of insults ("booger-eater," "retard"); someone steps in some messy dog poop.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Some pratfalls: People slip and fall in a market as displays crash around them; Winn-Dixie, the dog, chases a mouse, catches it, and lets it go. A bear appears briefly in flashback, threatening, but ultimately harmless. Winn-Dixie is very afraid of thunderstorms; his response frightens Opal. The dog comically assaults a policeman.
- "Hell." The kids sometimes call each other names: "retarded, booger-eater."
- Social Behavior
- Everyone is formed and changed by the experiences of their lives. "Life is sweet and sad all mixed up together and sometimes it's hard to separate them out." It's important to share both your sadness and your joy with others. People should be judged by their "music and their kindness," not by rumors about them or their pasts. You can't hold on to anyone; you have to love what you have. And, finally, the gift of being human allows us to love and accept one another.
- Oreo Cookies, Fruity Pebbles, e-Bay, Pedigree pet foods, Shell Oil, and, of course, Winn-Dixie markets, for whom the lovable dog is named.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- While there is no alcohol, drug or tobacco use, alcoholism and its consequences are openly discussed.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it