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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie provides an interesting -- and believable-- glimpse into 19th century life. Ociee's father is a farmer, which requires that all of the children help run the farm. But since she is a girl, Ociee needs to learn the "womanly arts" of sewing, cooking, keeping house -- very necessary skills in the days before online shopping and take-out dinners. Though she resists this idea, Ociee is able to learn to be a "proper girl," while maintaining her tomboy bravery.
Ociee has survived a loss, but she is both strong and unafraid. She travels by herself on a train, meeting interesting people along the way. She is awarded a medal of bravery for saving someone's life.
Positive Role Models
Ociee is a great role model, especially because her push to be herself comes from within, rather than as a reaction to her surroundings. She is a strong female character with an indomitable soul.
Violence & Scariness
Ociee has lost her mother, which brings tears to many peoples' eyes. When she is in Asheville, Ociee and her friend Elizabeth fight and roll in the grass, tearing their clothes. They become friends soon after. There is a man who sets a house on fire after threatening a neighborhood family. No one is hurt, though there's a moment where a family member is trapped in the house.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Aunt Mamie and Mr. Lynch exchange a kiss at the end of the movie.
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Products & Purchases
Ociee remarks that her Aunt "sure has a lot of things" in her house. Some of these things are family heirlooms like hand mirrors and china. Aunt Mamie makes pretty dresses for clients.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ociee's mother has died. There's a scene where an arsonist sets a house on fire, though its inhabitants survive. There's a slight religious context as Ociee's mother is said to be in heaven, folks attend church on Sunday, and Ociee prays to God to look over her family; these facts fit seamlessly into the context of 19th-century Southern culture. 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 is a highly recommended family choice for parents of girls who possess a little moxie! Based on the book A Flower Blooms on Charolotte Street by Milam McGraw Propst, this movie succeeds in giving a glimpse of Southern life over 100 years ago when girls were meant to wear dresses, serve a proper tea, sew clothing, and keep a house. But the heroine of this movie does not fit into the mold: she wears "dungarees" and climbs trees. She's a unique individual who touches everyone around her with her fresh observations.
Though the acting is a little stiff as the movie begins, the characters settle into a believable and enjoyable rhythm. The clip-clop of horse's hooves and the tea taken on the porch are a refreshing change from the high-tech backdrop of many contemporary kids' movies.
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