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Choose Kind Wonder the Movie

Choose Kind Wonder the Movie

Choose Kind ~ Wonder the Movie

“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind,  but the very choice of kindness.” ― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

 Image credit: Wonder The Movie

Image credit: Wonder The Movie

I love when a movie comes along and breaks through all the big stunts and special effects and instead shares an inspirational story, Wonder in theaters November 17th is one of them. It's never too soon to start instilling the importance of compassion, understanding and most importantly, kindness in our children. Wonder is an amazing way to share those values with them as a family and is portrayed so lovingly by an amazing cast of very talented actors. Wonder is based on the New York Best Sellers List novel Wonder by RJ Palacio, I highly recommend you seeing the film with your family!

Movie Synopsis: Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.  As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. 

Golden Globe nominee Jacob Tremblay ( Room ) tackles the one-of-a-kind role of Auggie Pullman, whose birth defects and multiple surgeries have kept him out of school -- until now.  Jettisoned into what is for him the brave new world of the 5th grade, Auggie steps into an unexpected journey. The star studded cast includes: Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts , Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay.  The film also stars Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs Sonia Braga, Danielle Rose Russell, Nadji Jeter, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar , Millie Davis, and newcomer Elle McKinnon. Run time 113 min. 

Thoughts on the movie: The movie was amazing! It will make you cry and laugh at the same time. There were sad parts and uplifting ones too. As a mom I connected with the part played by Julia Roberts, she gives all her heart to her kid and never gives up on him. For children, they will relate and enjoy the main character because of his imagination, be prepared for you kid to want a space helmet like his. Our girls said the best part of the movie was how the kids that didn't want to be his friends at first became his friends. There are many life lessons to learn from this movie, courage, kindness, friendship and building character. What I got from this movie is that everyone is fighting some unknown battle and that you should always look at everyone with a bit more compassion. It's important for our children to know that it's okay to be different, after all "you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out".

As a parent of a special needs child, I have faced many hard looks and have been judged as people didn't see my girl's disability but only her outwardly outbursts when she was little and struggling with understanding and sensory overloads. In the process of all of this the biggest lesson and change I have made is patience, kindness and compassion. This movie really brought it home for me and sheds light on such an important human element, the simple act of being kind. It's never too late, we are never too old or too young to learn this most valuable lesson. 

In theaters tonight November 16th and everywhere starting November 17th

Be sure to go out and see this amazing story on the big screen with the family, it will having you feeling full of Wonder! Enter to win a WONDER gift package (T-shirts, fidget spinner, lunch bag and star illuminator) and remember to always Choose Kind!

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