This is a great movie. Touching. Deals with issues surrounding custody, parenting, loss, and children's needs. But the big story here is McKenna Grace. I had never heard of her before watching this movie. She is the most talented child actress I have ever seen. Her portrayal had such an impact on me, I will have to digest it for awhile. I know I will watch this movie again, but not yet. I want to just enjoy the feeling I have. I will analyze her performance at a later time. What a surprise.
I am so glad I watched this movie. What is best for Mary? If you had a child like Mary how would you raise your child? Mckenna Grace played her character really well. As she goes through each emotion you will be doing the same.
This is a great movie... well written and acted. I usually don't like too many movies enough to watch them more than once or twice. This is an exception, and considering the subject matter, it could be one of those that you see once and that's enough even if it's good. I have watched this at least 5 times with different people and each time I like it just as much.
Others have provided an outline of the story so I will just add a parental note. The movie deals with difficult themes but is moslly clean overall. There are a few instances of cursing including one or two uses of the F-word so the movie earns its caution rating for younger children.
Let me first say, the acting was outstanding. The characters were believable and realistic. Where it floundered for me was, it really didn't have substance. The story was kind of rushed, for a lack of a better description. It wasn't bad, just not memorable.
Loved the sweet movie about a precocious little girl and the uncle raising her. Questions how much children should be pushed academically over being encouraged to be socially happy. Handled with grace and love. A wonderful family movie.