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By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Earnest, emotional book adaptation has strong messages.

Movie PG 2017 113 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 76 parent reviews

age 10+

Great messages throughout + unnecessary drunkenness

My son loved the book, "Wonder," and this seemed like the perfect way to deepen his understanding of what Auggie had to go through. I would definitely have given it a 5-star rating, if it were not for the gratuitous wine and drunk/passed out/minor drinking leftover alcohol scenes. I actually dropped from 5 to 3 simply because of Isabel's (the mother) enthusiastic: "Let's get drunk!" quote. Why is this necessary in a children's/family movie? Is there an alternative message the director wants to get out, that the author maybe did not intend?

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Great messages
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Educational value
Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (76):
Kids say (197):

Based on R.J. Palacio's hugely popular, award-winning novel, this drama is earnest and sweet, with great messages about kindness, friendship, and acceptance for its tween target audience. Whether they've read the book or not, kids are sure to appreciate Wonder's take on how hard it can be to fit in and feel good about yourself, no matter what you look like. By mirroring the book's structure and giving viewers first-person glimpses of how the world looks to characters other than Auggie (Via, Miranda, and Jack Will all get their moments), director Stephen Chbosky helps build empathy, which is an invaluable skill for viewers of all ages. That said, the perspective-switching isn't consistent enough for it to totally work as a storytelling device in the film; plot details are brought up and then not really given closure, and the choice of why some characters get to tell their own stories while others don't isn't really clear.

But thanks to an emotionally resonant script and strong performances by the cast, quibbles like that can be mostly ignored. Roberts and Wilson are well-matched as Auggie and Via's parents, Tremblay emotes well even under heavy prosthetics and makeup, and Vidovic pulls off the challenge of playing a moody teen without making you roll your eyes at her. In the supporting cast, Hamilton's Daveed Diggs is engaging as Auggie's believably inspiring teacher, Mr. Browne; Mandy Patinkin is all grandfatherly charm as school director Mr. Tushman; and Jupe is excellent as Auggie's friend Jack Will. A scene in which he reacts to the aftermath of a hallway fight is an astounding bit of child acting. In the end, while it's not hard to see where Wonder is going, getting there is a valuable, uplifting journey, especially for kids.

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