The Mr. Rogers Movie: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Dr. Corinne Masur

***** 5 stars out of 5
***    3 Kleenex rating


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood gets five stars from me – but it’s strictly for adults only.  This movie is not what you think it is and if you haven’t heard much about it yet, I advise you not to try to find out what it’s about – just go and see it!

In this review, I am not about to be the one to spoil it for you, but what I will say is the following: This is a revelation of a movie – it’s filmed in the most imaginative way, combining whimsical images from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood with the most poignant and painful realities of adult life and struggle. Tom Hanks is brilliant as Mr. Rogers but so are ALL of the other cast members. The plot is complex and takes you in directions you would not have expected to go when you entered the theater.  Have your Kleenex ready.

This is not entirely a feel good movie, as it revolves around the emotional complexity of adult relationships. However, in all likelihood it WILL leave you feeling that you’ve seen a really, really good movie.

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