Parent reviews for Because of Winn-Dixie

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Common Sense says

age 8+

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Parents say

age 7+

Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 37 reviews

age 8+
age 9+

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NIce! its really good, i watched it! But there is some swearing.

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Too much swearing
age 9+

Good but sad

We enjoyed this movie, but the story line does focus in often on the fact that the girl's mom left her and her father when she was small. Alcoholism is also mentioned in several scenes. Overall it is a good story about coming together with others in friendship and has some fun dog scenes throughout... but know there may be tears and a need for heavier conversations as well as enjoying the more fun light parts of the movie.

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age 5+

Sad

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Too much violence
age 7+

It is great

I watched this movie in third grade at school and I started crying at the end. This is a really good movie but it is sort of sad that she doesn't have a mother.
age 7+

A Girl, Her Dog, and their Fantastic Flick

When a lonely, ten-year-old preacher's kid teams up with a big, hairy, smiling stray dog, adventure abounds, and so does warmth, friendship, and love. Opal's stuck in a small Southern town with a sad dearth of children her age, thanks to her preacher father's job. The trailer park where they stay rent-free doesn't allow pets, and Dad is usually tucked in his shell, writing sermons. As for Mom, she skipped town when Opal was three, and Opal doesn't know why. So when she finds Winn-Dixie, eponymously after the grocery store where that event took place, it's clear she needs him more than he, her. Opal and Winn-Dixie grow to be great friends, but Winn-Dixie also teaches Opal how to be a friend, and that adults can be good friends, too. Among those adult friends include a pet shop owner, the librarian, a misunderstood town recluse Opal bonds with over clunker last names, and even Dad, who Opal grows to understand better. Opal is a refreshingly smart, yet innocent, independent, yet respectful, little girl. And the kids in her town are refreshing, too. They play outside, read books, ride bikes, and sit on the porch to eat candy while the librarian tells them a Civil War story. The town even has a converted church (it used to be a convenience store), and Christianity is treated as normal and healthy. Minor caveats exist. We find out Opal's mother was an alcoholic (nothing is shown onscreen). Two boys call a man "retarded," and other undesirable words, such as "booger-eaters," are tossed around. But other than that, there's nothing objectionable. Pop this one in the DVD player, and bring the dogs and cats. (Birds, fish, and other creatures welcome, too!)

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age 7+

Very good movie!

This movie was really funny! It is pretty cool as well.I recomend it!
age 8+

Indy film for kids

age 8+

good adaptation of book

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Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models
age 7+
As a teacher, I feel this book and movie have lots of important issues. In my classroom, year after year, it brings rich discussions on things like alcoholism, single aprent familes, loss and longing. My students LOVE this book and movie!