When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Billed as "the fattest boy in the world," sideshow attraction Zachary Taylor (Sasha Neulinger) has a big effect on gawkers in the sleepy town of Granger, Texas, including 12-year-old Toby Wilson (Jonathan Lipnicki), whose initial attitude of derision is transformed into one of empathy and tolerance. Cody Linley, Eric Stoltz and Jane Krakowski co-star in this heartwarming tale of friendship based on the award-winning book by Kimberly Willis Holt.
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- John Schultz
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is a 2003 coming-of-age movie that deals with some emotional topics that could be difficult for some kids. For instance, a beloved "big brother" figure in the movie dies in war, and the sorrow and grief of the family and friends when they are informed of his death is shown in heart wrenching detail. Also, a tween boy wrestles with the difficulties he has over the possibility that his mother might not come back after leaving their small Texas town in the hopes of becoming a famous country singer. And then there's Zachary Beaver, a morbidly obese boy who seems to be exploited as a freak show act by his legal guardian. There's also some profanity used by tweens, including like "sucks," "son of a bitch," "fat-ass," and "dammit."
- Sexual Content
- Mild preteen kissing and flirtation.
- A beloved character dies, and the sorrow and grief of the family and friends when they are informed of this death is shown in heart wrenching detail. Mild peril, as a boy trying to cross a rickety ladder between two silos nearly falls when the ladder begins to break. Two best friends get into a physical altercation in a lake. Bullies kick at the trailer door where an overweight boy lives while calling him names; the two lead boys in the movie retaliate by throwing rocks at the bullies.
- On occasion, preteens use words like "sucks," "son of a bitch," "fat-ass," and "dammit." When a pretty girl walks by and smiles at one of the main preteen characters, his friend tells him "She wants you."
- Social Behavior
- Through discussion and example, this film shows young characters learning to be considerate and empathetic toward those they consider to be "different."
- The Rock Star Games logo appears in one of the preteen's bedrooms through posters hanging on his walls.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The owner of the local diner frequently appears intoxicated, sipping from a flask while mumbling.
- 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