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Little Red Wagon

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring story of a boy's efforts to help homeless kids.

Movie PG 2013 104 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

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age 9+

Such an inspiring true story!!!

As a Christian, and this not even being a faith based movie, was one of the most inspiring movies I have seen in a very long time! The best part it is based on a true story. I think every family should watch this movie together to make them appreciate what they have and what others don’t. It teaches families how to turn to others who are much less fortunate. Such a clean movie also... they rarely make films like this anymore. Please watch this movie with your children! And keep some tissues close by!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (6 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

LITTLE RED WAGON is a well-done movie. It was inspired by the true story of Zach Bonner, whose Little Red Wagon charity grew from modest beginnings into a nationally recognized advocate for homeless children. The film manages to show and discuss the growth of young Zach's efforts without being preachy or heavy-handed, and also shows, through a moving side-story involving a mother and her young son who lost everything and are trying to survive by sleeping in their car and homeless shelters, the vast difficulties of homelessness as well as how it really doesn't take much for those in the middle class to lose everything they have.

While the arguments between Zach's mother and his teenage sister Kelley feel like a bit much at times, they do underscore the difficulties faced by many in balancing their desires to improve the world while having a fulfilling social and personal life. Nonetheless, for a "movie with a message," this is among the best to come out in recent years, and should inspire discussion -- and perhaps action -- amongst families about the issues they care about the most.

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