Tuck Everlasting

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

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 31 reviews

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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.


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.



Kissing and embracing between characters in their late teens.


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 bynumber1buffyfan December 21, 2018

Great movie!

This is an amazing adventure story that is pretty easy to understand. There is a bit of violence as one character hits another character in the back of the head... Continue reading
Adult Written byHolly R. September 28, 2018

Different from the book and it's a GOOD THING!!!

The book had too much heavy religious themed content. They managed to rid the film of it's overly religious beliefs and subtile Bible force feeding without... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBeanies_and_Bowties November 6, 2019

Not The Best

In School we were required to read the book Tuck Everlasting before watching the movie. My class all loved the book but were extremely disappointed by the movie...
Kid, 12 years old April 22, 2016

Winnie's age change effects storyline for the worse

I have read the book at school and we just watched the movie, and I am disappointed. Winnie is supposed to be 10 and is 15 played by a 22 year old. This effects... 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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