My Rating: 9/10
Running Time: 101 minutes
Summary: Set in the 1960’s and based on true events. Andrew is a student who is paired with a geeky, tall student named Stanley, who is often picked on by bullies. Through Stanley and a scandal involving their homeroom teacher, Andrew slowly learns to stand up for himself and others.
Review: The WWE is no stranger to charity. Their superstars are involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2011, WWE started a campaign against bullying called Be a Star, which this film started. I thought the movie did a great job of confronting the issue. Andrew was an excellent narrator and we also see some good character develop.
I thought Stanley was also a great character. You could see him as someone who wanted respect without stooping to the level of those bullying him or others. I also liked their teacher, played by Ed Harris. (you might remember him as Mr. Holland in Mr. Holland’s Opus.)
If I were to nitpick, my main problem is the rating. Because the teacher is accused of being gay, I really felt the movie deserved a PG-13 rating. I don’t think children younger than that are ready for that topic. Granted, the movie is somewhat ambiguous about whether the teacher actually is gay, but the issue is still addressed. Other than that, I feel this movie is well done and I recommend it.