The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2013
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)


Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Dove Review

Walter Mitty is a negative asset manager at Life Magazine, meaning he is responsible for archiving all of the photo negatives from every image ever used or submitted. When Life decides to shut down their print magazine and only publish online, a team is brought in to determine who stays and who gets let go. Walter is somewhat of a dreamer and frequently sees himself living out the lives of people in the photos he sees. When a negative that is to be used in the cover of the last printed magazine goes missing, he determines to venture out into the wild world of reality to find the photographer who may still have the elusive negative.

While the film is imaginative and carries many positive themes such as friendship, loyalty and putting the benefit of others above his one’s own desires and fears, the movie does tend to drag on a little from time to time. Unfortunately, there is a single misuse of the name of Jesus in the movie which prevents us from considering this a family film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Man/woman kisses.
Language: G/OMG-5; J-1; A-2; S-1; H-2; Slang for male genitalia-2; "What the..." (not finished)-1
Violence: Explosion; photo of man with blood on face; man attacked by Shark (not bitten); man on bike hits post with some blood on head; volcano erupts.
Drugs: Pilot is drunk in a bar; man drinks from "beer boot"; comment about "frosted heroin".
Nudity: Strip club scene; cleavage.
Other: Man vomits; man arrested at airport.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Steve Conrad & James Thurber
Director: Ben Stiller
Producer: Stuart Cornfeld
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 114 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe