Gifted (2017) Friday, 03 April 2020

Gifted (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Occasional coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Flashes of genius.

  • Starring:

    Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Michael Kendall Kaplan, John M. Jackson, Glenn Plummer

  • Directed by:

    Marc Webb

  • Running time:

    101 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are slapped, hit, shoved, bullied, tripped, hit with textbook. School project destroyed by bully. News story and discussion of person's suicide and brother's attempt to revive victim; reference to suicide attempt. Wall punched, objects thrown. Child trips over while jumping around. Story about finding cat in a trash can. Story about mother calling police and filing kidnapping charges against boy who was dating her daughter. Sarcastic threats of violence ("I'll smother you in your sleep", "I'd kill a priest for Benadryl", "you wished death on me"). References to Nazi camps, being arrested for assault (self-defence claimed). Violation of court agreement. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Child with bloody nose and ice-pack on head (later reference to nose being shattered). Hospital scene in waiting room; person in wheelchair. One-eyed cat. Cats in cages seen in vet's clinic with needles on table (euthanasia implied).


    Sex implied (couple kissing and falling on bed/scene cuts to them between sheets with naked shoulders showing). Flirting, kissing. Getting picked up, chances of getting laid, sexual intercourse, sexual conquest, hot guy mentioned. Discussion of non-existent affair.


    Alcohol (beer, shots, wine, cocktail). Intoxication. "Cat found in trash next to bottle of alcohol", Benadryl, bucket of beer, get drunk, cocktail mentioned.


    F-word, s-words, a-words, d*ck, dung. Name-calling (idiots, dumb, pompous, porn producer, smart*ss, strange, bad guy, bossy, uncompromising, dumba**, spiteful, vindictive, d*ck, evil, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh God, God forsaken, God dammit, faith, etc). Racism (remark that a black lawyer would be bad for a person's case).


    Single parenting, gifted children, mathematical genius, fathers, uncle-niece relationships, schooling, student-teacher relationships, school principals, child development, child custody, foster care, interfering grandmothers.


    Estranged father. Dead father, dead mother/sister, dead sibling mentioned. Cats, tank fish.


    Gripping, warm, funny, compelling, fast-paced, light, high-stakes, wonderful, crowd-pleasing, sincere, inspired, heartfelt, uplifting, watchable, no-frills, moving, good-hearted, solid, tearjerking. Sharp dialogue, impressive/scene-stealing/superb/real/terrific/engaging performances, sensational/charming/appealing chemistry between Chris Evans and McKenna Grace, inspired casting, competent storytelling.


    Sentimental, manipulative, cliched, formulaic, mechanical. Unexceptional storytelling, lazy/convoluted third act, on-the-nose/uninspired score, legal/custody dramatics threaten to derail the plot.

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