Matilda 1996 PG CC

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Danny De Vito, Rhea Perlman and Mara Wilson star in this modern fairytale that mixes hilarious humor with a magical message of love.

Starring:
Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Matilda

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Comedy
Director Danny DeVito
Starring Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito
Supporting actors Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris, Paul Reubens, Tracey Walter, Brian Levinson, Jean Speegle Howard, Sara Magdalin, R.D. Robb, Gregory R. Goliath, Fred Parnes, Kiami Davael, Leor Livneh Hackel, Jacqueline Steiger, Jimmy Karz, Michael Valentine, Liam Kearns, Mark Watson
Studio TriStar Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This is a great family movie to watch.
Roman Dultsin
This is a really good movie for little girls, who like wishing and laughing !
Jimbo_7877
Entertaining and funny, this is a great family movie.
A. Haessler

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94 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2002
Format: DVD
Matilda is worth watching, and I think worth owning too. However, let's get the reservations over before all the good stuff.
Miss Trunchbull, played by Pam Ferris, is a sadist. She is definitely mean. At two places in the movie she throws a child out a school window (she is really, really mean). Matilda's parents are self-absorbed and at best ignore Matilda, which occasionally borders on abuse. The images of Matilda's school can be disturbing, especially the "Chokie", a small cramped dark closet with spikes in the door. These images could be disturbing for younger children, particularly those under the age of 7 or 8. However, you have to judge the ability of your child to understand that these images are not real. These are the dark parts of the movie.
Matilda is clearly a genius, as evidenced by her actions from a very early age. Matilda overcomes her not very bright parents and learns how to fend for herself in the world. In fact, after a while she treats her parents as something to be concerned about, because they clearly do not know how to take care of themselves in the world.
Matilda is a positive role model throughout the movie. She learns to read on her own, and finds the value in the library and books. She learns that there are people who understand her (Miss Jennifer Honey, played by Embeth Davidtz) and love her for who she is. She also learns that people who seem scary to her (Miss Trunchbull) can be scary to others. Her desire to protect others and do what is right helps her overcome her fear of Miss Trunchbull and do what is right.
Mara Wilson plays Matilda very well. She has a lot of talent, and makes Matilda come alive.
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101 of 115 people found the following review helpful By K. Morrison on June 11, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
WHY, oh, WHY wasn't this made into a widescreen special edition? Some of the special features are even in widescreen. What in the world is up with that?? I enjoyed the special features, but wish there had been more (like a commentary). I don't get why they wasted time in making this without using the widescreen format. I feel like I've been taken.

About the movie: this is a favorite in our family. It's a bit dark, and some people are upset by it, but there's a positive message and a happy ending (oops, was that a spoiler?) I highly recommend it, and probably the best age to see this would be 6 or 7 and up, depending on how sensitive your child is.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By peter krug on April 24, 2006
Format: DVD
O.K., first of all, this probably isn't a film to show to really young tots who are just about to start elementary school, as they will probably get terrifiyed that they may get a teacher who is just like the Trunchbull (and of course kids that age will not understand that this is a partial fantasy and that no peron like that would be allowed to teach in this country in this day and age in real life).

Otherwise, this is a wonderful movie, one that certainly deserved to do better than it did in the theatre. Matilda is a little girl and a bonafide genius who is cursed with living with obnoxious, unloving parents who are too dense to notice her gifts, and a bratty older brother. Then the day comes when Matilda must start school. She goes to Crunchum Hall, where she makes friends and meets a nice teacher with a well-fitting name, Ms. Honey, and the evil, child-hating principal, the afore-mentioned Trunchbull. Ms. Honey soon recignizes Matilda's exceptional talents and wants her to be moved up several grades, but the Trunchbull will have none of it. (Ms. Honey tells the Trunchbull Matilda's memorized several multiplication tables, and the Trunchbull replies,"So can a parrot!") A new hope appears, however, when Matilda finds she also has the gift of telekinesis, and hatches a plan to get the Trunchbull to leave Crunchum Hall for good...

The best thing about this film is Maria Wilson's preformance as Matilda. The girl always manages to be cute and endearing without ever once becoming annoying. This is especially important as she's playing the title character and thus is always at the center of things, so that we actually enjoy watching the film because we enjoy watching her and it never once feels like a chore to sit through.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Adorem on June 13, 2005
Format: DVD
Mathilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent young girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well. Villains from the awful Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), headmistress of her miserable school Crunchem Hall, to her parents and older brother begin to feel her ire. Look for Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in a small part as an FBI agent investigating Mathilda's shady father.

The mordant vision of author Roald Dahl's world probably appealed to the director of War of the Roses and Hoffa, for it permeates this witty, eccentric, dark-toned children's film for adults. Matilda (Mara Wilson), an unusually bright 8-year-old whose reading fare runs to Moby Dick and For Whom the Bell Tolls, is saddled with a pair of comically selfish and obtuse parents (Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman) whom she has to persuade to allow her to go to school. But her principil, the child-hating Miss Trunchbull Pam Ferris, proves no more enlightened than her parents. This hilariously exaggerated, Lewis Carroll-like version of the world is probably not too far from what many children may feel on a bad day. De Vito and Perlman camp it up outrageously and Ferris gives a terrific performance as a cartoonish villain. Cinematographer Stefan Czapsky shoots from a number of strange angles, making this perhaps the first expressionist film for children.
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