A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

We Could All Use a Little Kindness.


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Fred Rogers was a popular television personality and entertainer in the USA, and had a long-running and very popular children’s show. This is a timely tale of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his scepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour. The film has one Oscar nomination and assorted other wins and nominations.

109 minutes.
Parental Guidance 10-12 (Language, Violence, Drug abuse).
Biographical, Drama, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson, Maryann Plunkett, Enrico Colantoni, Wendy Makkena
Director
Marielle Heller
ScreenplayNoah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, from the article by Tom Junod
MusicNate Heller
CinematographyJody Lee Lipes
EditingAnne McCabe
SoundtrackListen to samples or get it right now on Amazon

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SA distributorFilmfinity
Made in2019
Produced byBig Beach Films, Tencent Pictures, TriStar Pictures

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageInfrequent, low impact used in the context of frustration in conversations
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceInfrequent, mild to moderate impact, linked to substance abuse with a strong anti-violence message.
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsThe material contains complex and mature themes which are presented in a context of a biographical drama. Themes explore self-reflection, acts of kindness, generosity that changes the world, acceptance and understanding, having empathy heroism and kindness, adopting a different attitude which changes life, deception, secrets, frustrations, investigative journalism, how to deal with grief, anger, hidden emotions, healing hidden pain, making amends, forgiveness, taking responsibility of past mistakes, positive change to become a better person, being a famous TV personality, conducting interviews, father and son estranged relationship, family love, confrontation of unresolved issues, making a difference in one’s life, regret of past mistakes, passion for ones work, finding peace unity and hope, death in the family, suffering from terminal illness and positive friendships. One of the protagonists, Mr. Rogers is a national hero who has spread positive messages and views of life. His inner works in psychology of young children has played a positive role to the society through his television show that deals with serious life issues such as inner anger and sadness. It is an emotional and educational film about forgiveness, finding peace and dealing with unresolved issues. The film contains themes that fall within the 13 age category, such as domestic disputes and estranged father and son relationship The impact level of such themes is mitigated by educational positive resolutions of forgiveness, unity, empathy and love, which are presented in a context of a biographical drama aimed to inspire the viewer, because the film clearly and positively interrogates topics that deal with humanity and kindness which triumphs in the end. The film would educate the viewer that hatred for loved ones and rifts does not serve a good cause especially when a member of a family is dealing with the dilemmas and fears of losing their life to terminal illness. Children younger than 10 are likely to be unable to unpack the emotional and psychological themes which may cause moral harm. Children of 10-12 with parental supervision would cognitively be in a better position to contextualize.
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USA MPAA rating

PG: Parental Guidance SuggestedRated PG for some strong thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language
Runtime109
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

British Board of Film Classification rating

PG: Parental Guidance (General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children)Mild bad language, Violence
Runtime109
British version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
2
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
1
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
1
Music (Inappropriate)
1
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
10 +
Positive messages
5
Positive role models
5
Violence
2
Sex
1
Language
2
Consumerism
1
Drinking, drugs, smoking
2

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Metacritic.com
48 critics
16
Rottentomatoes critics
302 critics
16
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconMuch like the beloved TV personality that inspired it, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood offers a powerfully affecting message about acceptance and understanding.
19
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
15
CommonSenseMedia
Sandie Angulo Chen quote iconBiopic captures Rogers' generous spirit, empathy, kindness.
15
ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconLikely to leave many a viewer with a smile on their lips, a tear in their eye and a warm fuzzy feeling all over, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is just the sort of quiet, unassuming hero all of us need at this turbulent point in history. Let’s just hope that enough people see and are affected by it to make a difference. A loving tribute to Mister Rogers and all he stood for.
15

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
92 users
15
Rottentomatoes users
11163 users
18
Rottentomatoes popcornmeter
Popcornmeter
18
IMDB
16154 Netizens
15
The Movie DB
Community
15

Average .. 80%

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