BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE (Theatrical Release USA 2005)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Stars ììì

Because of Winn-Dixie
—a heartfelt story with good, reality-type casting—works as a clean family story. If you want a tale about new beginnings, starting over, how friendships begin, and the importance of forgiveness, then this is the movie for you. The script revolves around a stray dog and a young girl named Opal. The largest fault in the film is that its message—life is both sweet and sour—is not hidden well enough to let the audience realize the message on its own. The writers tell instead of letting discovery happen naturally for this all-too-well-known fact.

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Despite her father’s, Preacher (Jeff Daniels), objections, Opal (AnnaSophia Robb) adopts a gregarious dog which she names Winn-Dixie. She soon makes friends with a large, diverse group of people and finds a solid place in her new home.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Wayne Wang for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Ralph Singleton for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Gloria (Cicely Tyson), Otis (Dave Matthews), Miss Franny (Eva Marie Saint), Amanda Wilkinson (Courtney Jines), Dunlap Dewberry (Nick Price), and Stevie Dewberry (Luke Benward).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a sweet family movie that works to support positive messages.

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