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Parents' Guide to

This Beautiful Fantastic

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Whimsical, sweet story about friendship, gardening.

Movie PG 2017 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 7+

Great for the whole family

Sweet movie with nothing questionable
age 2+

so sweet - like a fairy tale but enough realism to keep you watching

Even my 21 year old son loved this show! It was sweet without being sappy, had lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing, and was absolutely clean! We really struggle finding shows that are appropriate enough for our younger children but not boring for the older kids home from school , and this was perfect. For very young kids the ending might be a little sad, but all in all, a great film.

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This twee English comedy feels like a fairy tale written by Lemony Snicket, with acid tinges around a sweet, if inconsequential, middle. While This Beautiful Fantastic has no flying governesses, it does neatly juggle reality and imagination in the manner of Mary Poppins or Edward Scissorhands. Although most of the action seems rooted in reality, the universe that director-writer Simon Aboud has created makes room for magic. So a drawing flies off a piece of paper, but we're somehow prepared for this. That said, not all of the surprises work. When belligerent, cynical Alfie reveals the roots of his heartbreak, we understand his anger -- but the script lets him leap back and forth between childish tantrums and sage kindness so often that it feels like a misstep.

At its heart, This Beautiful Fantastic is in love with beauty -- both natural and created -- as it celebrates flowers and gardens, the artistic geniuses whom Billy studies at the library, and also the book Bella is trying to write. Yet the visual style doesn't quite let the magic of cinema reflect or enhance that love. That said, Wilkinson is terrific as Alfie, and Findlay, Irvine, and Scott are all charming and well suited to their roles. The characters' personality extremes are rather exaggerated (Bella's boss, a librarian who cautions visitors into silence but also yells into a library loudspeaker when it suits her, is a stickler for protocol to a cartoonish degree), but they're still fun.

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