Fantasy


A Wrinkle in Time


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Fantasy
Runtime:
109 mins
Stars:
Stor Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Levi Miller, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine
Director:
Ava DuVernay
Producer:
Catherine Hand, Jim Whitaker

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
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Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
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rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
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sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
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Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

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none
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mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
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Sex


No Information

Violence


at its most climactic point, the story follows young meg as she fights the “it,” a scene which includes her being physically injured.

Drugs


No Information

Nudity


No Information

Other


there are frightening images of villains with red eyes and a growing cloud of darkness.


Trailer



Synopsis

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.


Movie Message

Mr. and Mrs. Murry (Chris Pine and Gugu M’batha-Raw) were both scientists incomparable, but when their outlandish ideas lead to risky experiments, the brilliant scientist father of young Meg Murry (Storm Reid) goes missing, and the Murry family is left in ruins, criticized and mocked by the outside world.

 

Four years later, with still no sign of Mr. Murry, the broken family is visited by the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), who knows more than she ought about the Murrys. When Mrs. Whatsit lets slip a mention of a “tesseract,” something precious to Mr. and Mrs. Murry, Meg begins to discover the hidden story behind her father’s disappearance and news on his current whereabouts—somewhere lost in the universe. With the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), three angelic-like helpers with supernatural abilities, Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and her new friend Calvin (Levi Miller) soon embark on an adventure to save her father from the looming darkness known simply as the “IT.”

 

Under the tutelage of the visionary director Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved science fiction work, A Wrinkle in Time, finally comes to life on the big screen in a dazzling spectacle sure to wow audiences worldwide. As an adventure for kids, the film is complete with memorable characters, out-of-this-world scenery, and a message which finds its roots deep in the family-friendly themes of light, goodness, and the unbreakable power of love.

 

It should be noted that Dove is aware of A Wrinkle in Time‘s controversial history. Though Madeleine L’Engle’s cards were on the table as a Christian author (trust me, you’ll see it coming through in this movie), she was also known to be an advocate of universalist theology, and her books—though tightly knit together with biblical themes—sparked significant debate and were even banned in many Christian bookstores because of her more liberal slant, despite her overt Christian themes.

 

It’s also important to note that if you are aware of such controversies and are debating whether or not you want your kids involved, I can assure you that the larger and more significant themes of love and light are far more permeating. I suppose L’Engle’s controversial theology could be found if you blur your eyes while watching, but for your kids, it will most likely go unnoticed. But even if such things do emerge in conversation, let it be a good time for family discussion. God is symbolized as “the universe” in the film, and Jesus isn’t explicitly mentioned, but it’s a movie they’ll love, almost certainly, and should serve our families well in conversations not only controversial, but primarily robust and fruitful.

Though certain scenes contain frightening images (villains with red eyes, dark and threatening evil personified in cosmic clouds) as well as themes of young love and bullying (some parents may feel wary about these things), the primary message of A Wrinkle in Time is one of light overcoming darkness, good defeating evil, and sacrificial love conquering all.

 

For All Ages

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