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Phoebe In Wonderland

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Actress Elle Fanning (younger sister of Dakota Fanning) proves to have wisdom beyond her years with her raw and vulnerable performance as the title character in PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND. Both delightfully vivid and thought-provoking, PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND sensitively depicts a young girl living with the increasing symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome. Unable to fit in with her classmates, Phoebe throws herself into her school's production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND and finds a confidant and mentor in her drama teacher, played by the luminous Patricia Clarkson.

    Both Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman offer up stellar performances as Phoebe's academic parents, who struggle to come to terms with their daughter's illness while fighting to preserve the unique and imaginative child that they have raised. This story of battling the confines of the status quo--while accepting that there are problems outside of a family's control--is one that will resound with parents living in an era that often questions whether it is overindulging or overmedicating its children. Despite such heavy-hitting material, director Daniel Branz employs a light touch, crafting fantasy sequences that are a feast for the eye. Beautifully decorated and exquisitely acted, PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND is a must-see for any parent or teen who wrestles with trying to be a unique individual in a world that demands that everyone be "normal."
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    • Rating - for thematic material and brief strong language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TF5266

  • Credits
    Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott, Elle Fanning, Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman
  • Critic Reviews
    "Elle Fanning is wondrous in PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND....It emerges partly a realistic character study of a troubled child, partly a treatise about the tyranny of conformity over imagination and partly a hallucinatory fantasy."
    USA Today

    "Think of PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND as A BEAUTIFUL MIND, only for kids....Fanning's performance stands up to Crowe's portrayal of mentally ill mathematician John Nash."
    Washington Post

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Clarkson is at her brilliant best in PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND....Huffman and Pullman excel in their roles..."
    Rolling Stone

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