Because of Winn-Dixie Charms with Southern Goodwill
- Friday, August 19, 2005
This Walden Media production builds on the studio’s earlier film adaptation of “Holes” – an intriguing family favorite also based on a popular book for young adults, but which brings a more unusual, quirky sensibility to the genre than the formulaic but still winning “Winn-Dixie.” Those looking for a good double feature are advised to pick up both titles on DVD (distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) and discover their own preferences.
AUDIENCE: Older children and up
- Drugs/Alcohol: Frank discussion of one character’s alcoholic past, and a reference to the role of alcohol in the choice Opal’s mom makes to leave the family
- Language/Profanity: A talking bird mimics his human companion, repeating such lines as “Shut up!” and “Idiot!”; Otis says, “I’ll be damned”; Preacher refers to man falling “on his butt”; Opal calls two boys taunting her “booger eaters”; a woman says “war is hell,” and a shocked young girl interjects, “‘Hell’ is a cuss word!” “‘War’ is, too,” the woman responds. On a more positive note, two characters are shown praying, and one explicitly addresses her prayer to the “Dear Lord and Heavenly Father,” and asks her requests “in Your name.”
- Sex/Nudity: None, but a buffoonish police officer has his pants stripped off at one point, leaving him in his underwear.
- Violence: Animal-control officers capture Winn-Dixie, but the dog is quickly released
- Family Issues: Opal’s mother has abandoned the family for reasons that aren’t made clear until late in the film
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