The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit

  • Review Date: March 2, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A wonderful, magical movie.
  • Review Date: March 2, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

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What parents need to know

Violence

Bar fight.

Sex

Very mild.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking, scenes in a bar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some scenes in a bar and a bar fight, but overall it's an inspiring film for the entire family.

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What's the story?

Based on the short story and play by Ray Bradbury (who adapted for the screen), THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT is the story of five poor men who pool their resources to buy one magnificent, beautiful, white suit. One is a political speaker, one a musician, one a con man, one a young man in love, and one is homeless and filthy. Selected on the basis of size (all of them have to fit into the same suit), they find that they have more in common. All feel ignored and alone. As each gets to wear the suit for one hour, each finds it a thrilling and transforming experience.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This is a wonderful, magical movie! The cast is sensational. Joe Mantegna plays the con man who puts the deal together with the thought of taking the suit on a one way trip out of town, but thinks better of it when he puts it on. Esai Morales plays the musician whose guitar playing draws every female in hearing range out into the street for a joyous dance. Newcomer Clifton Gonzalez is a delight as the young man who wears the suit to find the courage to approach the beautiful woman he has adored from afar. Gregory Sierra finds that people cheer his speeches when he wears the suit.

And under all that grime is Edward James Almos as a homeless man who embraces life (and the girlfriend of a mean guy called "El Toro") when he wears the suit. At the end of the evening, the young man says, "This morning I had no friends, but tonight I have many friends." You will feel you have made some, too.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about dreams, cooperation, and self-confidence, and to think a little bit about what they would do if they had a wonderful ice-cream suit.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 23, 1998
DVD release date:March 16, 1999
Cast:Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, Joe Mantegna
Director:Stuart Gordon
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:brief mild language

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Adult Written bySaD4Evr February 21, 2009
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I cried! I laughed

it very nice movie
Adult Written bypattyo_2 April 9, 2008
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This was not a movie for 8 year olds. It is a movie for adults that want to watch an 80's movie. There wasn't anything naughty about it. The story was just too hard for them to understand.

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