A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Some mildly scary moments.
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Mild schoolyard terms.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Milly and her friend Geneva experiment with liquor. Milly has a bad hangover. Eric's uncle is an alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a fine family film with no objectionable content. It's a gentle fantasy about an autistic boy who has a strong positive affect on his neighbors, not an action-packed fantasy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE BOY WHO COULD FLY is a charming fantasy with a lot of heart and outstanding performances by three terrific kids who keep up with some of the finest adult actors in movies. Eric and Milly heal each other by responding to each other. For him, she provides the first reason he has ever had to try to make contact with another person. For her, he provides a reason to feel, and to give to another person, especially important after the loss of her father.
Eric's character reminds us, among other things, that anything is possible. "He made us believe in ourselves again...We're all special. We're all a little like Eric. Maybe we can't soar off into the clouds. But somewhere, deep inside, we can all fly." There are strong themes of faith in oneself, and bravery, and Eric's influence continues. Charlene masters the computer. Louis triumphs over the bullies. Max even scares away the Doberman.
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