What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Secret Garden is the latest adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic 1911 novel about a young orphan named Mary Lennox (newcomer Dixie Egerickx) who discovers a long-hidden garden on the grounds of her aloof uncle's (Colin Firth) remote estate in northern England. Mary nurtures the garden back to life with the help of a new friend named Dickon (Amir Wilson), and together they use its beauty and wild power to help heal Mary's ailing cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst). This take on the enduring children's book is produced by the team behind the Harry Potter series and looks full of color, mystery, and magical realism -- perhaps edging a bit further into the realm fantasy than the book did (the trailer promises several departures from the original story). Expect some of the themes to be too intense for younger/more sensitive viewers, including illness, death, and isolation.
- In theaters: August 14, 2020
- Cast: Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx
- Director: Marc Munden
- Studio: STX Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Book Characters, Science and Nature
- Run time: 106 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: thematic elements and some mild peril
- Last updated: June 23, 2020
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