Competing for the approval of her parents -- a professor of Jewish mysticism (Richard Gere) and a dedicated scientist (Juliette Binoche) -- 11-year-old Eliza Naumann (Flora Cross) is used to appearing ordinary. But winning the school spelling bee could be her chance to make an impression. It might also convince her father that she's destined for greatness. Kate Bosworth co-stars in this coming-of-age drama based on the novel by Myla Goldberg.
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PG-13Thematic elements, a scene of sensuality and brief strong language
Widescreen 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; deleted scenes; director's commentary; making-of featurettes.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this drama focuses on a family's gradual, difficult breakdown. It includes several tense family scenes, one harsh argument between father and son (yelling and using the f-word), and the revelation of the mother's mental illness (she's having flashbacks to the harrowing sight of her parents' fatal car crash, and stealing objects from houses she can reach by car and by foot). A young spelling prodigy comes to see not only how words are spelled, but also how to forgive and help her fragile family.
- Sexual Content
- Passionate sex scene between parents.
- Flashbacks of car accident that left one character's parents dead (no bodies, but disturbing fragments of visual/emotional trauma).
- Brief strong language by father and teenaged son during an argument (f-word).
- Social Behavior
- Family grapples with loss of emotional closeness and spiritual direction; a troubled mother becomes a thief; a father becomes obsessed with his young daughter's capacity to "connect with God."
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- 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