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Wide Awake (1998)

Joseph Cross , Timothy Reifsnyder , M. Night Shyamalan  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Cross, Timothy Reifsnyder
  • Directors: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00067BC18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,412 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wide Awake" on IMDb

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
You know when you catch a late night movie on a film channel and it hooks you on, then you keep watching it, laugh, cry and just purely enjoy it and feel good that you flicked on the channel at the right time? This is one of those movies.
I am not sure why some reviewers lament that it's a pretentious theme. Sure, it's not anything that'd be seen rocking boxoffice records or winning grand prizes, it even has some necessary contrivances. But it moved me, impelled me to think, and impressed me with a number of brilliant moments that are sensitive and engaging without becoming cloying.
Shyamalan is now a familiar name, so I approached his debut effort with high expectations, and while it could be sappy in bits for some people, I'm guilty of having clung on until the very last shot. The writing is taut and the production values are all-round immaculate. I was not disappointed one bit!
If you have kids, this is a fantastic movie to watch because of the sweet yet universal messages it couches. Plus, the kids in the movie are not freckled 10-year old brats, they have thoughts deeper than what you and I give them credit for.
The script is by no stretch of imagination an overly ambitious one, but I highly recommend this underrated gem for its thoughtful dialogue and crisp direction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I have seen many movies but none like this one. Wide Awake presents you with a slice of someones life so realistic and true. It tells of the innocence of a ten year old boy trying to come to terms with the death of his beloved grandfather. He even tries to find God to make sure his grandfather is alright. The show has the right combination of laughter and tears and the ability to warm your heart and remind you of your own childhood. Joseph Cross is very impressive and carries his character extremely well. Do yourself a favour, watch this movie and you will 'see' with your heart. The cast of this movie simply compliment each other by potraying a flawless picture of the life around Joshua A. Beal (Joseph Cross) A word of caution, watch this movie once and you'll watch it again and again!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little movie with so much to say... October 30, 2000
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I saw this film in the theatre when it was released and immediately urged friends and family to see it as well. It was one of those films that you can't stop thinking of for days. The cast was incomparable and the story line so touching. Anyone who can remember back to our innocent ideas of life when we are young will relate to this movie. But especially those who have dealt with such a loss, searched for answers and found the disapointment of what doesn't make sense at the moment but eventually leads to a greater realization at the end. An excellent film, for any age at any time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming and Awakening! January 29, 2003
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It is a surprise to me that young Joseph Cross has not gone on to greater things as a hollywood actor. In this film he once again puts the adults to shame with his natural acting skills as he did in the film Jack Frost (1998). But now Joseph is getting back into acting in the American TV show "The O'keefes" in 2002/2003 and I hope that he may do another movie as an eigteen year old to see how his acting skills hav developed since he was ten years old. The film looks at the transaction from boy to man or girl to woman and how hard it is for kids to make that move. With issues such as death and the dissapearence of that "magic" as Josephs character Joshua describes it during the movie. From a world of creativity and unrestricted boudaries to just seeing the plastic and paint in a toy car. Th film also raises the issue of how we should allow children to handle the death of a loved one as Joshua has to manage when his grandpa dies of bone marrow cancer. It is shown that we shouldn't hide the facts of death from our childrebut discuss it openly and allow them to say their final goodbyes by allowing them t attend the funeral insead of keeping them away as I personally was as a child. In all this is a great movie with realism, humour and overall brilliant acting. Strongly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise April 30, 1999
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The label "family film" sends most people running in all directions, except towards the box office. This seems to be the unfortunate and undeserved fate of Wide Awake, a small gem. This is a true "family film" in that it is not just a substitute babysitter for a couple of hours, during which the parents can doze off. It's a film that a parent will enjoy discussing with his/her children, because it raises some very important issues -- dealing with the death of a loved one, faith, the search for God -- but does so from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy. The film is remarkable on several counts, perhaps the most important of which is the fact that the screeenplay never condescends to its young hero. Joshua is dealing with problems that are very real to him, and the film refuses to make light of them, simply because he is only ten. Another very nice touch is the avoidance of portraying the adults as black-and-white caracatures. And the nuns and priest at Josh's Catholic school are not the dogmatic cardboard characters one often sees in films. Both Rosie O' Donnell's nun and Dan Luria's priest are aware that there are no simple answers for the issues which are troubling Josh; as adults they know that one must move on after the death of a loved one, but they are also aware that this is not so easy for a young boy or girl. The film contains a number of wonderful moments involving Josh, his friends, and his schoolmates. One of the most moving is when Josh is called before the class to recap what he has learned during the year. It is during this speech that we learn where the title, "Wide Awake", comes from: it describes that bittersweet transition from innocence to the road to maturity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A DVD gift.
I gave this DVD as a gift to my brother. He just loves the story. I'm not a big fan of Rosy, but she is great in this movie.
Published 4 months ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this is a great movie a must see It is great for the entire family.... enjoy it its a great movie
Published 5 months ago by mamahain
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for God
How many of us look for God; but forget to see the simple things around us. This young boy is marvelous in the way he goes on his quest to seek God. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Txabky
4.0 out of 5 stars Great family film that deals sensitively deals with a child's faith in...
If you are a family film lover like me, then you'll love "Wide Awake." It's a wonderful family film that deals sensitively, and even with humor, with a fairly unusual... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ranny Levy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide Awake
This movie is told from the perspective of a 10-year-old who attends a Catholic School. His grandfather has recently died and he has several questions that he sets out to find the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christine Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars M. Night Shyamalan's Touching First Film
Yes, you read that right. This film is by M. Night, of "The Sixth Sense" thriller fame. It's a touching, poignant look at growing up in a Catholic school, but yet it's... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tim Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars God with us in everyday circumstances
Such a poignant story to show us the ''Everyday God' if we would just open our hearts and minds to he possibility of God with us now.
Published 9 months ago by Kay Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Movie
Narrated by a child, it was a nice movie, great family flick with lessons to learn. I would recommend this flick!
Published 12 months ago by DIYGirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh
I didn't like the story. This was recommended by a friend who has boring taste I have found out !
Published 12 months ago by E. Means
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age
My grandparents died when I was about 10 years old and I too went through a spiritual experience. Love this movie because it shows a child's heartfelt search for God and meaning in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Liz Burch
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