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Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland is a film about J.M. Barrie, the playwright who penned Peter Pan. As the movie slips back and forth between the classic tale and a dramatized biography, as it takes a mature look at the parallels between the fairy tale's youthful character and its author. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 106
Theater Release: 23 Nov 2004
Video Release: 21 Mar 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Grandmother scolds Barrie and asks, “Are you so selfish you cannot see what your friendship has cost my daughter?” How did Barrie’s good intentions hurt Sylvia? Was it really all his fault? Was there any other way he could have helped this widow and her boys? Were the end results worth the price they paid?

Artist license has been used to portray the life of this author, as indicated in the opening credits statement, “Inspired by true events.” To learn more about the real J.M. Barrie, check out the following links: http://www.online-literature.com/barrie/ or http://www.amrep.org/past/peter/peter1.html

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