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Lilly's Light: The Movie

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Upbeat singer delights foster kids in her lighthouse.

Movie NR 2010 60 minutes
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As she kindly reaches out to kids in need, Lilly couldn't be more well-meaning, but it can sometimes feel as if she uses her unfailing optimism to force depressed kids into sunny submission. When the orphaned Daniel says he can't open himself up to new friends, she just sings to him over and over to open his heart and, presto, without any processing or apparent reason, he drops all resistance and joins the rest of Lilly's upbeat brood. Lilly's Light: The Movie suggests that with a little time, anyone, no matter how traumatized and no matter the nature of the trauma, can recover from anything. While this is an optimistic viewpoint, it also feels dismissive of kids who have undergone catastrophes, the implication being that if they don't join the others in good cheer, there's something either wrong with them or they're just plain stubborn. Even the wildly popular Barney, TV's optimistic purple dinosaur, acknowledged at times that anger and sadness weren't necessarily controllable, allowing kids to have their feelings without being burdened by the pressure to abandon them.

That said, preschoolers may enjoy the constant smiles and singing and dancing. Anyone older, however, may tire of the chaotic narrative, camera work, and editing that leaves us confused by seemingly unnecessary chronology jumps and jumpy story lines.

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