The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet

The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet

DVD - 2015
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MPAA rating: PG; for thematic elements, language and some reckless behavior.
A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2015]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
DVD-video,NTSC,rda
widescreen (2.40:1),rda
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby digital,rda
DVD video,4 3/4 in.,rda
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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skyann
Dec 16, 2017

I thoroughly enjoy this movie' The little boy remind me of that kid from the movie Home alone. Macaulay culkin. kyle Catlett kinda of soft spoken quirky kid and a stream of magic to make the film seem believe able. towards the end of the movie you're rooting for the kids valves.. ' Rent it it's here at the library. your just one click away from watching cute family movie. 5 stars'

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booksmile
Sep 13, 2017

Very dark (some violence, a little gore, and lots of grief and family dysfunction), not recommended for young children (and possible not for older children either).

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dylankemp
Jun 14, 2017

Very cool. Directed by the the director of "Amelie". Stars Helena Bonham Carter. Need I say more?

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WendyLC
Jun 05, 2017

SPOILER ALERT

A quirky, funny tale about a seven year old kid who accidentally blows his twin brother's brains out in the barn and the ruined family that results.

What, you don't think that's a good topic for quirky/funny? No, it's not. Horrible, horrible movie that's an orgy of self-indulgence by some director who thinks he's an artiste or something. Mannered and unfunny with cheap special effects.

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lindy919
Apr 20, 2017

I'm on the disliked it/hated it fence.

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ba_library
Apr 18, 2017

I checked out this movie about 5 times, finally got around to watching it. I thought it was quite good, about an intelligent child who was different from his raised environment, but was ever curious of his world. Most adults did not understand him and when a tragedy occurs within his family, he takes it upon himself to venture across the U.S. by himself, to accept an award that he won from the Smithsonian. It was interesting and entertaining and enlightening. People are all unique in their own ways, sometimes it takes awhile for that difference to be appreciated. While it involves young children, probably not appropriate for young children, but older children and adults will enjoy it. Canada substitutes for Montana in the film, but very lovely.

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waromano
Jan 09, 2017

Nice overall movie, more than a kid movie, and I think also suitable for younger adults to watch. Incredible views of the countryside of Montana, which you should visit anyway, in case you have not yet. The story of the 10 year old protagonist really picks up in the last half hour, when he gets to the Smithsonian to receive his award. Therefore, if you find the movie slow and predictable for most of its time, hang on, the ending is worth the wait.

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bjohns
Dec 21, 2016

Warning: even though the trailer shows a colorful, kid's movie in the style of Tim Burton, this film is very dark and a little too much for younger children to cope with. It is about a child who dies in an accident and how the family deals (actually doesn't deal) with it. A fine acting cast (especially the kids), great cinematography, but this movie could haunt some youngsters. You have been warned.

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BridgettM
Dec 14, 2016

This movie has some wonderful moments and visuals and beautiful scenery. It was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie, A Very Long Engagement). Though it is classified as a children's movie, I recommend it for adults of all ages and don't recommend it for young children due to some mature themes. Also, I can't imagine children finding much to enjoy here. I have not read the adult fiction book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet on which it was based. The movie is rated PG for thematic elements, language and some reckless behavior.

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DveBeleMede
Aug 22, 2016

Warning: if you didn’t like Amélie or Delicatessen you won’t like this one – skip it please and also please don’t read my review any further.
But if you do love and appreciate Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s movies, i.e. his quirky characters, magical visuals, odd humour, complicated emotions, fantastic worlds etc. you’ll definitely enjoy this one. It is sweet and it is sad and it is beautiful – what can I say, it is perfect (even though he took almost half of the book out; my favourite part – the secret organization at the Smithsonian, didn’t make it into the movie). The cast is stellar, especially the young boy who plays the main character. Music, costumes, locations – everything is beautiful - if you watch the extras, feature length the Making Of, really nicely done by Julien Lecat, you’ll see that the most of the movie was actually filmed in Canada, in Willow Valley, Alberta and in Montreal, Quebec. Our True North standing in for Montana, USA. Cool, eh!
I still have a few days left before I’ll have to return it to OPL – will watch it again, and again, and yes, pretty soon I will get my own copy. :))

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