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Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)

Phoebe in Wonderland

Overview


Genre

Drama, Fantasy

Release Date

March 06, 2009 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

96 min.

Studio

ThinkFilm

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Daniel Barnz

Producer

Lynette Howell, Ben Barnz

Screenwriter

Daniel Barnz

Starring

Story


"Phoebe in Wonderland" is the fantastical tale of Phoebe (Elle Fanning), a young girl who longs to be in the school production of Alice in Wonderland. After her peculiar drama teacher Miss Dodger (Patricia Clarkson) casts her, Phoebe struggles to control her behavior so her Principal (Campbell Scott) won't kick her out. As Phoebe's stress mounts, her behavior grows worse, creating intense pressure on her parents Hillary and Peter (Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman). Hillary, who already feels a failure in both her personal and professional life, desperately tries to understand and help her daughter. But this connection proves elusive as Phoebe begins retreating to an imaginary fantasy world peopled by characters from Alice in Wonderland, a world which grows increasingly disturbing and treacherous. As Alice observes to the Caterpillar, "It is very confusing being so many different sizes in a day," and in the end both Hillary and Phoebe (under Miss Dodger's tutelage) must try to navigate the strange, painful, exhilarating transformation from chrysalis to butterfly.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..an uneven, unfocused amalgamation of ideas and moods that is at times deeply moving nonetheless..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..irritating..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
“..involving and empathetic..”
by Sean Axmaker [Seattle Post Intelligencer]