A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Lily is kind and patient with herself and other people. She is generous with her time and skills, whether it's teaching domino art to the public or meeting a Make-a-Wish domino fan. She's also confident and committed to making her dreams come true.
The film addresses Lily's adoption from China by a White family, the Heveshes. Lily discusses growing up as the only Asian American person in her community, and continues to explore her identity throughout the film.
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Some hateful comments written on Lily's YouTube channel, but no cursing.
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Products & Purchases
Lily's main goal is to market and sell her own brand of dominoes; toy company Spin Master is a part of her story.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lily Topples the World is an inspiring documentary about domino artist/YouTube star Lily Hevesh (aka Hevesh5). The film follows Lily as she expands her lifelong hobby into a full-time career as the world's best-known domino artist. Kids (and adults!) will be mesmerized as they watch Lily's colorful, intricate artworks topple and will fall in love with the laid-back, warm young woman, who's also incredibly driven to achieve her goals as an artist and person. Themes of perseverance, courage, and the ability to learn from failure and move forward are clear. There's discussion of Lily's adoption from China and the fact that more girls than boys are put up for adoption there, and Lily shares her struggle with her identity growing up Asian American in a White community -- as well as with being "the girl" in a space that has far more male participants than female ones. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This inspirational documentary is an outstanding example of perseverance and integrity. For such a young person, Lily Hevesh knows who she is and what she wants, and it's a joy to watch her succeed over and over again. She also shows the incomparable joy of sharing a passion with others; humble and generous with her skills, we see her talking to fans at Vidcon and offering her knowledge happily. She now advises others to stick with their weird hobbies, take chances, and be themselves -- she's learned from experience that the payoff is huge. The doc is also a commentary on the state of social media, specifically what it means to be "YouTube famous" and what video media means to the current generation. Lily's painstaking creations are mesmerizing enough to watch for hours on end, but the film's real depth comes from the unstoppable woman herself -- she almost makes it look easy.
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