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Right Footed

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Inspiring look at a life of young woman with a disability.

Movie NR 2016 82 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+


This is a perfect watch for family movie night. Younger viewers will be bored by the pace, but our 9 and 12 year old loved it. There is nothing objectionable for us at all and we are picky. Another viewer said it shows Jessica putting on her underwear. Not at all. It shows here getting dressed but nothing inappropriate is ever shown. You see more scanty underwear on the shelf at Walmart than here. More than anything, the film is inspiring. Jessica faces many hurdles, but inherits a spirit of endurance from her mother who immigrated from the Philippines. Trigger -- Jessica's mother battles cancer, but it is not a main feature of the film. The death/grieving is not depicted. A brief message of dedication at the end of the movie notes her mother's death date.
age 8+

Great Message

I showed this movie to my 6th graders. It has a great message, and Jessica is a wonderful role model. There was one tiny bit I had to fast forward over: There's a part early on that shows how Jessica gets dressed, and you see her underwear for about two seconds. There is nothing obscene or sexual about it, but since I teach 11 and 12 year olds, I felt that some of them would've been immature about it. I listed the age range as 8+ because some of the topics presented (living with disabilities, being bullied, and her mother's battle with cancer) are a little too complex for children under 8.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

How fortunate that the life of Jessica Cox was annotated and recorded, and that director Nick Spark had the passion and talent to bring it to life so that audiences can share her remarkable journey. The Cox family exhibited great foresight in their efforts to film important moments in Jessica's life: her early years of negativity, her first attempts at piloting a plane, her relationship with a remarkable mom, among many others. Then, worthy of commendation are the professionals who followed her blossoming romance with Patrick Chamberlain who would become her husband and partner in their life's work, and who covered her more recent path toward activism, particularly in Ethiopia, Washington, D.C., and the Philippines, where they highlight her considerable achievements in affecting the lives of others with disabilities. Nearly every scene is touched with compassion, sweetness, and admiration for Jessica's triumphs; the later scenes between Jessica and her mother are particularly affecting. A great introduction for the able-bodied to the world of those with disabilities, Right Footed is highly recommended.

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