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Tuck Everlasting

ages 11+ | 100 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Tuck Everlasting is a 2002 film based on the children's book of the same title by Natalie Babbitt published in 1975. This Disney version was directed by Jay Russell. The plot revolves around a 15-year-old girl named Winnie, who is from a restrictive upper-class family. Winnie one day runs away into the forest and meets a boy named Jesse Tuck, drinking from a spring. She is then kidnapped by Jesse's elder brother. Winnie soon falls in love with Jesse and later learns that the family cannot age or be injured due to drinking water from a magical spring around a hundred years ago. As the search for Winnie continues, the Tucks decide to leave the area and invite Winnie to join them. Winnie is forced to decide whether to drink from the spring and live forever, or live a mortal existence. She decides that despite the love she and Jesse share, her presence will only endanger the Tucks and she chooses to stay behind. After many years, Jesse returns to the tree where the spring used to be, and it is revealed that Winnie chose to never drink from the spring and she lived a long and charitable life.


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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    It's solid and affecting and exactly as thought-provoking as it should be.

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  • (Female) Movie Mom

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Disney has made a lovely film version of the book Tuck Everlasting, which is a perennial middle-school favorite. It deals thoughtfully with themes of time, identity, and humanity. In the Tuck home, there is no time. Or, rather, there's too much time, which turns out to be pretty much the same thing. As the Tucks realize how very different they are from other people, unsettling truths become clear. They present such a challenge to the most fundamental assumptions that people are either terrified or overcome with greed. So the family must do anything necessary to make sure no one knows their secret.

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  • (Male) Plugged In

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Set in the days of buckboards and general stores, the story is enriched by a stellar cast and a lack of profanity and sexual situations. Theological issues, a few violent moments and talk of family tragedy may be too much for younger children. However, Tuck Everlasting is a great message movie for parents and teens.

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  • (Male) Crosswalk

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    I can't think of a thing that I didn't enjoy about this wonderful period piece that carries a profound message about life and death. There's only one brief scene of quick violence that involves a man getting shot and killed along with a couple of scuffles.

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  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Based on a delightfully descriptive children's classic by Natalie Babbitt, Winnie is slightly older in this retelling allowing for a budding romance between herself and Jesse that culminates in a partially undressed swim and quick kiss. With other content concerns limited mostly to a saloon fight, some death threats and the murder of one character, Tuck Everlasting is a story suitable for nearly all families with older children or young teens.

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  • Dove Foundation

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This story looks at the idea of immortality and living forever, and its emphasis is on this life, rather than an after-life experience. Several Bible passages are read at the funeral of a character who dies. The film is refreshingly free of strong language, but several scenes involve minor scuffles. There are some shootings although the shootings are few and relatively bloodless, but a mortal blow over the head means doom for one character. “Tuck Everlasting” does have an interesting love story and can be enjoyed by pre-teens and older viewers, and may generate some interesting discussion points with parents. Although a bit slow moving in the beginning, the story picks up soon into the film, and it manages to arouse the viewer’s curiosity. We approve this film for ages twelve and above, and we award it four Doves.

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  • ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    Parents need to know that Tuck Everlasting, a Disney film about a teen girl who meets a family who is immortal after drinking from a fountain of youth on their property, raises profound questions about life and death, the cycle of life, and aging. Besides the heady subject matter, there are some violent altercations of characters being shot at or hit in the head with rifles. Overall, the film should raise interesting discussions about immortality, life, and how to live.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    For a movie that runs just a minute or two longer than 90 minutes, there are times when "Tuck Everlasting" threatens to live up to its name. This family-friendly fantasy/drama also feels curiously flat and seems much too artificial. Worse, it somehow manages to botch its source material, the beloved 1975 children's novel by author Natalie Babbit. What's even harder to understand is how this supposed sure-fire material could have gone so wrong with such a talented cast — one that features three previous Oscar winners. William Hurt and Sissy Spacek star as Angus and Mae Tuck, the patriarch and matriarch of a rather mysterious family living in the forest surrounding the Foster family mansion. Privileged teenager Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel, from TV's "Gilmore Girls") wanders off into that same forest and stumbles onto the Tucks, who are horrified to have been discovered and who appear to be hiding a secret of some sort. Still, she finds herself feeling at home with the laid-back Tuck family, especially Jesse (Jonathan Jackson), who is more than happy to share the woods' secrets with her. Meanwhile, Winnie's parents (Amy Irving and Victor Garber) are growing worried. It doesn't help that they're being pres- sured by a mysterious man in a yellow suit (an underutilized Ben Kingsley) who agrees to find Winnie, but at a price that may be all too costly. This is a misfire by all concerned, especially director Jay Russell, whose adaptation of "My Dog Skip" did a much better job of getting mood and period right. This time, Russell's effort to re-create World War I-era America doesn't feel authentic. Perhaps it's Hurt's fluctuating accent (at varying times he sounds as if he's from at least four different countries) or the presence of contemporary-looking actors Bledel and Jackson. Spacek does her part to restore some dignity, and her performance as the Tuck family matriarch is the sole bright spot here. "Tuck Everlasting" is rated PG for a brief scene of violence (a bludgeoning) and some mild scenes of peril. Running time: 94 minutes. E-MAIL: jeff@desnews.com

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Okfor ages12+