Tuck Everlasting

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Tuck Everlasting Movie Poster Image
Lovely version of the favorite middle-school book.
  • PG
  • 2002
  • 88 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

In the words of Angus, the patriarch of the Tuck family: "Don't be afraid of death. Be afraid of the unlived life."

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Winnie is headstrong and independent in spite of her strict and stifling upbringing. The Tuck parents are kind and profound in their hard-earned wisdom, and Jesse Tuck is a sensitive and adventurous "boy" of 104 years old.
 

Violence

Characters are shot with rifles but get up. A character is hit in the head with a rifle. Another character is thrown out of a bar after instigating a fight during a card game. A female character is abducted, forced onto a horse by a male character.

 

Sex

Kissing and embracing between characters in their late teens.

 

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A scene in a bar shows bottles of alcohol, but there is no drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tuck Everlasting, a Disney film about a teen girl who meets a family who is immortal after drinking from a fountain of youth on their property, raises profound questions about life and death, the cycle of life, and aging. Besides the heady subject matter, there are some violent altercations of characters being shot at or hit in the head with rifles. Overall, the film should raise interesting discussions about immortality, life, and how to live.

 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymishavideo April 9, 2008

Great, sentimental movie

This was a great movie "for the whole family". We all enjoyed it for different reasons, but it felt overall deep and meaningful for all of us, I'... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 year old Written byMr JayStay May 19, 2010

Watch Tuck Everlasting With Your Kids

Thought provoking. All the teen-age girl reviewers cried when they watched this film. Guess what? I cried too! And I'm an old dude and a "mean... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytwinkletoez610 November 6, 2008

Wonderful!

I absolutely love this movie! Natalie Babbit is a fantastic author, so i would definately reccomend reading the book if you haven't already. I especial li... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymoviegeek April 9, 2008

Read the book instead!

I was very sad that the movie wasn't as good as the book. It was such a lovely book. The whole movie felt sort of fake. I couldn't actually see the gi... Continue reading

What's the story?

In TUCK EVERLASTING, Angus Tuck (William Hurt) tells rich, overprotected Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) that he feels like a rock by the side of a stream, life rushing past him. She feels that way, too. Her proud and proper mother (Amy Irving) restrains all forms of independence in her daughter. When Winnie learns that her mother is planning to send her to a strict finishing school, she leaves home and runs into the untamed woods, not knowing if she's running away from something or to something. Lost, she comes upon a boy named Jesse (Jonathan Jackson), who, with help from his brother, kidnaps her and takes her to his family's hidden cabin. They treat her with an odd mixture of hospitality and intimidation, making it clear that she's not free to go. Meek Winnie can only acquiesce to the new situation. She finds herself drawn to Jesse and eventually comes to love her life with the Tucks and their sense of timelessness.

Is it any good?

Disney has made a lovely film version of the book Tuck Everlasting, which is a perennial middle-school favorite. It deals thoughtfully with themes of time, identity, and humanity. In the Tuck home, there is no time. Or, rather, there's too much time, which turns out to be pretty much the same thing. As the Tucks realize how very different they are from other people, unsettling truths become clear. They present such a challenge to the most fundamental assumptions that people are either terrified or overcome with greed. So the family must do anything necessary to make sure no one knows their secret.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they would do if they had the choice presented to Winnie.

  • Families can also talk about how the movie compares with the book. Why make Winnie a teen in the movie when she is only 10 in the book? How does that change the story?

  • How does this treatment of immortality differ from vampire stories?

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