PG-13 / 101 minutes
Directed by: Marc Webb
Cast: Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer


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Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

'Gifted' is a smart, engaging family film

★★★ out of four

“Gifted” is an engaging comedy-drama that avoids becoming too much of a tearjerker. Working from a screenplay by Tom Flynn, director Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”) elicits strong performances and does a good job of keeping the outcome of the custody battle in doubt. But the film lacks the depth and nuance of the Oscar-winning “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Evans, who is best known as the resolutely dependable Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, brings a different kind of heroism to surrogate dad Frank. Grace delivers a performance that’s refreshingly free of child-actor cutesiness. And Slate (“Obvious Child”) lends an appealing quirkiness to her role as romantic interest.

“Gifted” is significantly smarter than the usual family film.

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

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