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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it does expose viewers to life in a different time.
Anne's coming of age continues to be full of highs and lows, and she copes with the challenges with her trademark indomitable spirit. Death of a major character causes grief, inspires Anne to reconsider her future plans. By so doing, she affirms her kind nature, devotion to her family. Gilbert's actions show selflessness; he puts others' needs before his own. Anne's story celebrates bonds within nontraditional family structure.
Positive Role Models
Marilla's harshness is offset by Matthew's generosity of spirit, but both are loving, accommodating guardians to spirited Anne. Anne's teacher, Ms. Stacy, continues to inspire her to reach her full potential. Anne is spunky, emotional, but also determined to achieve every goal she sets for herself.
Violence & Scariness
Emotional death scene lingers on the victim of a heart attack.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Anne and Gilbert's relationship evolves into a budding romance with meaningful glances and sweet sentiments shared between them. Some of Anne's peers swoon over boys and attempt to gain their notice.
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Products & Purchases
This movie is part of a PBS series inspired by the books by L.M. Montgomery.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew is the third and final installment in the PBS series inspired by L.M. Montgomery's plucky book heroine. This movie follows Anne as she leaves home for the first time and begins making adult decisions, so the story has a slightly more mature feel to it than the previous titles did. The death of a major character yields some emotional scenes and forces Anne to make a difficult choice, but in doing so, she affirms the story's exceptional messages about the bonds within nontraditional families. As Anne's relationship with Gilbert evolves, there's the suggestion of romance (but nothing physical) between them, and many of her peers seek mates as well. This classic story is a feel-good pick for families. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Plucky literary heroine Anne never disappoints with her passion for life, and fans who have watched her grow up in this trilogy's first two titles won't want to miss this heartwarming conclusion. Ballentine continues to own her title role, doing Montgomery's beloved character proud with her work as a maturing (and notably less chatty) Anne. The challenges she and her family face in this story -- financial uncertainty, life-altering decisions, and an emotional loss -- are weightier than before, but Anne perseveres with predictable determination and spirit.
Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew continues to depart from the classic Kevin Sullivan films and Montgomery's writings in some key areas (a necessity for continuity in this reboot's storyline, of course), and to rush through elements of the tale that would benefit from a little more development. In particular, viewers are left wanting a bit more of the long-awaited romance between Anne and Gilbert, which just hits its stride as the movie ends. That said, this story offers the same exceptional messages about self-discovery, friendship, family, and overcoming adversity that viewers have loved in its two predecessors.
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