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Running Time:
1 hur, 46 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for mild thematic elements and brief language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is one of the year's best films. It's funny, inventive and genuinely moving with a great performance by Johnny Depp.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Outtakes; Feature commentary with filmmakers; The magic of Finding Neverland; Creating Neverland; On the red carpet; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; French language track and subtitles; Spanish language track and subtitles.

Finding Neverland
The Scottish playwright, J.M.Barrie (Johnny Depp) watches from the wings in a London theater in 1904 on the opening night of his newest play. But the audience seems bored and restless and he realizes that he’s not reaching his them, as does his faithful theatrical producer Charles Frohman (Dustin Hoffman). The next morning, in Kensington Gardens, he and his dog encounter the Llewellyn-Davies family: widowed mother Sylvia (Kate Winslet), and her sons George (Nick Roud), Jack (Joe Prospero), Michael (Luke Spill), and Peter (Freddie Highmore). Barrie charms and dazzles the children and their mother with his flights of fantasy, being more like a child himself, but the youngest introverted son Peter refuses to join in. Barrie's childlike imagination connects with the rest of the fatherless boys and soon he is spending most of his time with them, playing their games, observing them, and taking notes. He's soon an integral part of their lives playing pirates, flying kites and finding his imagination coming back to life. Barrie is inspired to write the story he's been play-acting with the boys as his next stage production. Peter Pan is a gigantic hit, but Barrie’s conduct has scandalised Edwardian London and driven his increasingly alienated wife (Radha Mitchell) into the arms of a lover. At the same time, Sylvia's imperious mother (a quite fearsome but still beautiful Julie Christie) moves in with her daughter and grandsons because she feels that people are increasing talking, not only about Barrie spending too much time with the beautiful widow, but also her four young boys. Loosely based on the true story, director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball) portrays the creation of Peter Pan with tremendous affection and an wonderful eye for detail. Johnny Depp's surprisingly restrained performance with its light Scottish accent is easy on the ear and the eye, and young Freddie Highmore as the tragic Peter is amazing. Most movies these days seem to start strong and finish weak; there's something wonderful about this film that keeps getting better as it moves along.

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