Super heroes come in all sizes and shapes. Here we have one all of us can admire: a boy born with facial deformities who is going to attend a public school for the first time. The fifth grade has never looked so daunting!

Writer/director Stephen Chbosky ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower") with the able writing assistance of Steve Conrad and Jack Thorne, brings R.J. Palacio's best-selling novel to the silver screen. They have managed to capture the day-to-day issues that exist in any authentic family.

Part of Chbosky's cast:
  • Jacob Tremblay ("Room") is Auggie, a well-loved and self-assured fifth grader; after all he has already been through 27 surgeries! But a public school? He is petrified!
  • Owen Wilson ("Lost in London") Auggie's dad Nate, is reluctant and would like to shelter his son a bit longer.
  • Julia Roberts ("Money Monster") Auggie's mom Isabel, is determined. She has faith that their boy will be able to cope. Roberts makes a convincing mother.
  • Izabela Vidivic ("The Fosters") Via is Auggie's teenage sister. She is dealing with issues of her own.
  • Noah Jupe ("Suburbicon") Jack reluctantly takes the first step.
  • Millie Davis ("Orphan Black") Summer is courageous and she is kind.
  • David Diggs ("Black-ish") Mr. Browne tries to teach life lessons in his class.
  • Mandy Patinkin ("Homeland") Mr. Tushman is a careful and caring grade-school principal. He pays attention to every child in his school.
This PG-rated family film is witty and inspirational; it is NOT a two-hankie weeper. It is about the power of kindness and the importance of family. In addition, it captures the essence of real people: no glamor, no glitz. Please check out the trailer!
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