Theatrical Release: April 14, 2017


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 7-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.

Dove Review

What a wonderful story about a 7-year-old girl who is living with her loving uncle. Mary, the young girl, is very intelligent—far beyond her years—and her uncle has knowledge of it. But he wants her to grow up and have somewhat of a normal childhood with friends, being in sports if she wants, enjoy having pets and develop social skills with others.

When Frank sends Mary to a local school, it does not take long before the staff there, especially her teacher, realize the girl is “gifted.” They get the estranged grandmother involved to decide what is right for this young child.

It is a heartwarming story of love by a family member trying to do the best for someone who is “gifted.” Sometimes, as parents, we push our children so hard that we forget to let them be children first. This story opens everyone’s eyes about doing the right thing for a child rather than for themselves. “Gifted” is a great story for those over 12, but unfortunately due to some offensive language—some uttered by children—it cannot be approved by Dove.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Comment about young woman getting pregnant; assumed sexual relations between unmarried couple.
Language: F-1; BS/S-3; slang term for sex ("getting laid")-1; D-2; GD-1; OMG/OG-3.
Violence: Young girl hits boy with book and breaks his nose, blood seen.
Drugs: Couple seen drinking; later seen drunk and making out; a couple of bar scenes.
Nudity: Mild cleavage; woman and man each wrapped in separate sheets.
Other: Comment about mother dying from suicide; discussion regarding God and faith; disrespectful attitude toward others; pushing someone into doing something that may not be good for them.


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Writer: Tom Flynn
Director: Marc Webb
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 101 min.
Starring: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe