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The Mighty

The Mighty

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While the votes are being counted and the pundits pundit why not take enjoy a heartwarming story of friendship. Our next Rialto Recommends is Peter Chelsom's 1998 film THE MIGHTY. The film tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship. Kevin, an intelligent guy helps out Maxwell to improve his reading skills. In return, Kevin wants Maxwell to take him out places since he is not allowed out unauthorized. Being the social outcasts of the town, Kevin and Maxwell come to realize that they are similar to each other and accept that they are "freaks" and nothing will stop them. Spirited and sweet with an emphasis on the healing power of friendship, THE MIGHTY is a modest charmer that comes by its whimsy honestly. Roger Ebert said "What I liked most about the movie is the way it shows that imagination can be a weapon in life." The Austin Chronicle said "Sentimental and quixotic, THE MIGHTY is good family fare; it's especially tuned in to the narrative needs of those suffering (in the past or the present) those distinctively adolescent agonies of feeling like a social misfit. THE MIGHTY is streaming on CBS All Access or available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, Vudu and others HERE.

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Film Facts
Running Time
100
Genre
Drama
Comedy
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Starring
Kieran Culkin
Sharon Stone
Elden Henson
Harry Dean Stanton
Directed by
Peter Chelsom
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