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A Wrinkle in Time

Somewhat clunky but mostly faithful to the book.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 138 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Some scary effects might be too much for young ones.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the story of this movie is a good vs. evil parable. There are some frightening moments when the kids travel through time and space. There are separations -- the father is missing, the mother is sad, the siblings who need each other become parted for a while (although it ends happily) so kids going through an emotional time might want to pass. The giant brain IT is never shown in its entirety, which disappointed several kids who love the book and wanted to see the real evil.

What's the story?

When astrophysicist Dr. Jack Murry (Chris Potter) disappears without a trace, his children, Meg (Katie Stuart) and Charles Wallace (David Dorfman), and neighbor Calvin O'Keefe (Gregory Smith) take it upon themselves to find him. Guided by Mrs. Whatsit (Alfre Woodard), Mrs. Who (Alison Elliott) and Mrs. Which (Kate Nelligan), the children embark on a cosmic quest before finally reaching the dark planet, Camazotz, where they encounter a society of human beings controlled by an evil force. They must use their collective and personal strengths to find Dr. Murry and save their own lives.

Is it any good?


You have to admire the guts of whoever tries to squeeze this beloved children's book into two hours. And, like any slipper that's the wrong size for a foot, this production rubs the wrong way in several crucial spots. Gamely performed by the kids, the adult roles are sadly cartoonish and two dimensional despite the presence of the marvelous Kate Nelligan and Alfre Woodard. This film adaptation might come as a disappointment to fans of the book because it doesn't do an adequate job of portraying the evil of IT. Instead of being menacing, IT is a campy mass of snake-line tissue, never fully revealed. The darkness is also never fully explained and the resolution of the struggle is so quick that if you get up to fetch a tissue, you will miss it entirely. Sadly, the ending just doesn't move or satisfy and the transformations of the characters, so powerful in the book, remain superficial in this version.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what being different means and what it means to be true to yourself and those you love rather than being popular.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 1, 2006
DVD/Streaming release date:November 1, 2004
Cast:Chris Potter, Gregory Smith, Katie Stuart
Director:John Kent Harrison
Studio:Buena Vista
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters, Space and aliens
Run time:138 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written bymrsrobinson97 April 9, 2008

Great "Made for TV" Movie!

The overall message of this Sci-Fi/Fantasy movie is that family members need each other and that the world is a evil place without love. This was an enjoyable movie for our family. The quality & effects of the movie are great for a movie that was made for TV, not nearly the same quality as big screen films like Harry Potter. There are some dark scenes, and effects that would scare younger children. The separation of family members was worrisome to my 7-year old. Examples: the father is missing, the kids are told to stay together and they don't, the kids leave their mom and younger brothers behind as they go to search for their dad.
Kid, 12 years old January 10, 2013

An OK Movie That's Not Nearly as Good as the Book

If you haven't read the book you'll think it's really confusing. Read the book first. There isn't much violence, but it might be too scary for kids under 8. The characters are good role models, and it has positive messages. One thing I don't understand is why a man played the happy medium, whose supposed to be a woman.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old October 21, 2011

Not the same...

I wrote down a list of all the differences and similarities... I found over 20 differences and only 3 similarities. What is with the happy medium? LOL... it's a man/lady!!!! BTW if you look in the background of the Murray house, you can see a U2 poster. This is just before Mrs. Whatsit shows up on the TV (which freaked me out LOL).
What other families should know
Too much consumerism