Gifted

Gifted

DVD - 2017
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Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy, his spirited young niece Mary, in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE GIF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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wildct2003
Sep 13, 2018

Good feature dealing with issues of family and parenting.

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scribby
Aug 28, 2018

(The kid is adorably feisty!) This is the story of growing up a math genius and being bored in “regular” school, but it’s mostly a courtroom drama: who gets custody of her when her actual parents aren’t around? Everybody seems to have best intentions, but the twist at the end shows otherwise. For the most part a heartwarming story (sometimes trying too hard to be one), and a glimpse into the rarefied intellectual world of the “millennial math problems” which have never been solved.

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reypotter06
Aug 27, 2018

An okay movie not the best, though Chis Evans was in it.

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Gwen904
Aug 22, 2018

Although mildly cliché and cringy, 'Gifted' delivered its message quite well. Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace carried the movie with ease. I wouldn't exactly want to watch it again, but it was interesting enough to see once.

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Nursebob
Aug 21, 2018

A predictable and almost indecently cloying heart-tugger, Marc Webb’s little Hallmark card of a film is saved by two things: a powerful cast and a script that occasionally trips over its own mawkishness to say something profound. Marred by lapses of sentimental treacle as well as a sobbing violin section hellbent on wresting those tears from our eyes, writer Tom Flynn nevertheless manages to inject a much needed empathy into characters which never quite descend into one-note props. Dad is not the rural hick one expects, grandma is not the monster audiences can delight in hissing at, and Mckenna Grace, bless her little doe-eyed heart, manages to tread that fine line between engaging moppet and insufferable midget carrying the entire weight of the film in the process. A bit of humour, a couple of clever “oh-no-she-didn’t” retorts, and a warm chemistry between Evans and Grace all serve to make Webb’s quiet film about choices and self-determination appear brighter than it actually is. And that proved good enough for me…but just barely.

neyoscribbles Jul 31, 2018

A wonderful film that makes you laugh and cry. The chemistry between the cast members were on point and the character of Mary played by McKenna Grace was absolutely perfect. At times I forgot that I was watching a movie and became completely enthralled with Mary's well-being. It really makes you question whether you are sure of the truths you tell yourself versus the truths you know or understand to be true. And, if these 'truths' are actually good for others and or just yourself, can you possibly live with them?

Warning: By the end of the movie, you might want to adopt a cat and name it Fred!

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Jul 26, 2018

An enjoyable movie. It's a pity they added in. I've known the school teacher for five minutes and they're in bed together.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 24, 2018

This comedy/drama film is about a single man who is raising his younger niece after her mother dies. The child is an absolute prodigy, and is excelling far beyond her age group. This comes to the attention of the man’s mother, who decides to take her granddaughter away so that she can fulfill her mathematical destiny. The movie stars Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan, and more in this thrillful film of sacrifice and skill. I found this movie very captivating as it showed things from multiple perspectives and had a very well rounded cast. I would rate this movie 4/5 stars.
@The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

“Gifted” was spectacular. The story is incredible, the casting was perfect and it will make you laugh and cry. Mary lives with her uncle Frank Adler and a one-eyed cat named Fred, and she doesn’t have a single problem with that. Ever since his sister committed suicide and entrusted her daughter in his care, Frank has done whatever he is capable of to raise his niece. The movie starts off on Mary’s first day of school, and we are introduced to her loving neighbour and new teacher. Although initially, Mary seems like a trouble child and doesn’t talk to anyone around her, her teacher comes to realize she is extremely gifted in math. Meanwhile, a custody battle between Frank and Mary’s grandmother is in action as they both have very different ideas of how to raise a girl. I understand that some people may feel deja vu from Matilda, but this story was unique in it’s own way. It highlights depression, suicide, pressure from parents and how what one person thinks is not always the truth. McKenna Grace shone in her role as Mary and Chris Evans played a believable Frank! Octavia Spencer brought her own shine to the movie! If anything, I would say Jenny Slate’s role was unnecessary and rather annoying. Some scenes are definitely tear jerkers, so keep the tissues handy. Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Annieoywong
Jun 15, 2018

This is a heart-warming and enjoyable movie with good script and excellent acting. Highly recommended.

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kpelish
Jun 13, 2018

Richly drawn film of family members quarreling over a gifted math prodigy and the legacy of dysfunction in their relationships. The seven-year old girl is a marvelous actress as she depicts a brilliant outcast who learns to manage her mild autism in social settings, and the other cast members do well. There's an added gift in the talented Octavia Spencer as the outspoken but kindly neighbor and a beautifully rendered scene in a hospital, of all places, where the uncle tries to show his niece that parenthood can spring from and bless anyone.

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2017

For my Show and tell I have... the most awesome cat in the history of times.
Not only is his name Fred, but... He has just one eye. Uno. Go ahead and count... but I promise you is always one.
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If anybody takes that baby away, I'll smother you in your sleep.
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I have a very strange kid.
-I have 27 strange kids.
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You're still stubborn and vindictive.
-Careful, Mother. There's an apple and tree analogy lurking.
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And I think the last thing that little girl needs... is reinforcement that she's
different. ... But a 12 year old bullies a 7 year old and she stands up? Do you know how important that is to me that she did that? You know how proud I am of her? Aren't you? ... I know. You can't hit people. That will be made very clear. I get that. But Miss Davis, if we separate our leaders... If we segregate them from people like you and me... you get congressman.

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2017

Frank, please listen to reason. At some point, are you gonna get to conclusion... or someone in authority are going to spell it out for you... that the child best interest is all that matters.
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I wear sunscreen.
-Not enough. And you need a hat. A big hat that shades your face and neck.
You're playing Russian roulette with your skin. You look like porn producer.
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Here's an idea. Stop thinking about me and you... and start thinking what's best for a child. For any reasonable person, a clear picture will emerge. If it doesn't, I suggest you call your attorney.
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I can provide for her. I can enrich her life.
-Come on, Evelyn. You're gonna take that girl, you are gonna bury her in tutors... The you'll loan her out to some think tank where she could talk non-trivial zeros... with a bunch of old Russian guys for the rest of her life. And you'd bury her under a rock.
-Look, I didn't expect you to understand the price you have to pay for greatness.

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2017

No more math today.
-Is there a God?
I don't know.
-Just tell me.
I would if I could. But I don't know. Neither does anybody else.
-Roberta knows.
No. Roberta has faith... and that's the great thing to have. But faith's about what you think, feel. Not what you know.
-What about Jesus?
Love that guy. Do what he says.
-But is he God?
I don't know. I have an opinion. But that's my opinion and I could be wrong.
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There was a guy on TV who said there was no God.
-The only thing different between the things you saw on TV and Roberta is Roberta loves you. She tries to help.
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And your Honor, as far as the living conditions... I've been in this home.
It's fine. I mean, if we adopt standards based on our friend's aversion to palmetto bugs... we won't have a child left side of Tallahassee.
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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2017

These are Millennium problems. Seven great and meaningful problems.
Some mathematicians have worked their entire lives to prove them.
-Who's the dude with the beard?
That's not a dude. That's Grigori Perelman. He proved Poincare conjecture.
The only one of the seven proved.
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Do you really have no life because of me?
-That's not what I said.
Did you mean it?
-Last week you said I was the worst uncle in the world... and you wished the dead of me, cause I didn't buy you a piano. Did you mean that?
No... Not entirely.
-There you go. We say things all the time we don't mean.
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Would I like to have Mary tonight?
-I'd like to have Mary every night.

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2017

Frank says I'm not supposed to correct older people. Nobody like a smart-ass.
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This is gonna be fun. You're gonna meet kids today you can borrow money from the rest of your life.
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I knew that guy was gonna have a beard, before we even went in there. Math teachers like to grow beards.
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He can be pretty annoying, but he's a good person. I think.
-Why do you say that?
He wanted me before I was smart.
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Is Roberta your only friend your age?
-Roberta's not my age. She's like 40, 50... 30-something.
Roberta's grown woman?
-People my age are boring. Roberta's cool.
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And I'm supposed to believe you know what you're doing. You couldn't even find a white lawyer.

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2017

Well, your stepfather is in Montana. He bought a ranch.
-Bullshxt.
Exactly. A man whose idea of roughing it... is being too far from the ice machine at the Ritz's Carlton, now owns a 1000 acres of grass and dung.
-Walter Price is a cowboy. Walter Price puts Brooke's brother suit to take out the garbage?
He has a cowboy hat and cowboy boots... and a horse that doesn't know
dressage.
- Is there some logical reason for this?
Midlife crisis, apparently.
- He's 70.
I know. Must have been on time delay or something. I guess I should be happy it wasn't 25 year old cocktail waitress. But than again an affair you can
explain to friends in a minute. For this, you put on a pot of coffee.
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She gotta go out in the world. She has not friend her age. No social skills. She doessn't know how to be a kid. Two nights ago she told me that even if Germany bails out the euro, there could still be worldwide depression. I was staring at the ceiling for three hours. I'm so worried.

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2017

Diane was not like regular people. She was extraordinary. And extraordinary people come with singular issues and needs. You have no idea of capability
she possessed. One in a billion. And you would say: " Fine, let's throw that away, so the boy who cuts our yard can make sexy conquest. Well maybe before you make that decision, you stand in my shoes. I had responsibilities, which are beyond the mother-daugther relationship. The greateest discoveries, which have proved life on this planet... have come from minds rarer than radium. Without them, we'd still be crawling in mud.
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If I got one for three, I'm in the Hall of Fame.

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2017

What is this book?
-Discourse on Method. Rene Descartes.
What's it about?
-Existence.
Existence?
-Yup. " I think, therefore I am".
Well, of course you are. That's obvious.
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She's not normal, but if Einstein can ride a bike so can she.
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Her lawyer has a nice suit.
-Relax Frank! More weight's put on the talent competition.
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You're going to a brand new school. A better school.
-I don't want to. I want my crummy school.
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This is a mistake. We'll never be able to raise this child... to the level of scholarship she deserves.
- Well... just dumb her down into a decent human being. Everybody wins.
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Diane understood she was accountable for the gift she'd been given. And she didn't shy from it. And I think, if she were here today, Mr. Attorney, she would refute your baseless insinuations, that she would give up her brilliant future and take her own life just because her mummy didn't get her a little red wagon.

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Aug 22, 2018

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Jun 13, 2018

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jimg2000
Aug 04, 2017

Wiki write-ups on the Trachtenberg method, Navier-Stokes equations and the Millennium Prize Problems:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trachtenberg_system

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navier%E2%80%93Stokes_existence_and_smoothness

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Prize_Problems

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kpelish
Jun 13, 2018

Violence: Mild violence as the main character defends a schoolmate and breaks a bully's nose; emotional fireworks in a bitter court scene.

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