A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows the power of positive thinking, helping others, and expecting the the best from everyone.
Positive Role Models
Pollyanna demonstrate empathy and gratitude.
Violence & Scariness
Scary fall from a tree.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pollyanna is a wonderful family film with themes of the power of positive thinking, helping others, and expecting the the best from everyone. 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 film is Disney at its finest, a lavish and gorgeous fantasy of an idyllic American past. With first-rate actors and sumptuous period detail, Pollyanna is a delight for the eyes as well as the spirit. Pollyanna is best remembered for "the glad game," in which the challenge is to find something to be glad about, no matter how bleak the situation. But what really makes her special is the way that she expects the best from everyone, and the transforming effect it has on each person she meets.
Many of the mistakes people make in this movie come from trying to protect themselves from hurt. Polly, hurt by her estrangement from Dr. Chilton, relies on her sense of duty. Mrs. Snow, worried about illness and dependence, tries to blame others and achieves some sense of control (and some attention) with her contrariness. Mr. Pendergast just avoids any contact at all. Pollyanna shows them how to make sure that fear of pain and loss do not prevent opportunities for joy.
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