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Overall B+

Monte Wildhorn (Morgan Freeman) comes to Belle Isle hoping to run away from life. Instead life comes knocking on the former author's door when nine-year-old Finnegan (Emma Fuhrmann) intrudes into his solitude asking for writing lessons.

Violence C+
Sexual Content B
Profanity C+
Substance Use D+

MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and language including some suggestive comments.

Talk to your kids about…

The Magic of Belle Isle

How do the many disappointments in Monte’s life contribute to his desire to drink? Does the alcohol really help his problems? What are the things that eventually do bring him happiness? Why must he give up drinking if he wants to continue enjoying these newfound pleasures?

What struggles are Finnegan and her family experiencing? How does learning to use one’s imagination bring some peace into their lives? What can you do to help you cope with trails and challenges?