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Because of Winn-Dixie

children & family

Based on the perennial best seller, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE tells the story of a lonely young girl who adopts an orphaned dog she names Winn-Dixie.

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

A girl and a dog educate a small southern town.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that beneath the heartwarming, often funny, story of a young girl's relationship with a lovable mutt, Because of Winn-Dixie deals with some significant life experiences, (abandonment, alcoholism, death of a loved one, and the difficulties that come with major change in a child's life). The issues are treated sensitively and gently, without too much detail. Multiple positive messages are either clearly stated or subtly integrated into the story and character arcs. The few action sequences are either comic (dog pulling down policeman's trousers, falls, chases) or mildly suspenseful (flashback of a bear, the dog catching and releasing a mouse, and the dog fearfully reacting to thunderstorms). There is one use of "hell," and a couple of insults ("booger-eater," "retard"); someone steps in some messy dog poop.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Winn-Dixie was so important to Opal. They could also discuss the importance of the way Opal listens to the stories Miss Franny and Gloria tell her. If you had to choose ten things to describe each member of the family, what would they be? What do you think of Gloria's way of recognizing her mistakes? Why did Opal worry that it was her fault that her mother left? Why was it important that the candy was sweet and sad? Do the people in your community know each other's sorrows? How do you learn what your one important thing is?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Just the latest quasi-magic-realist, two-birds-with-one-stone shrine to non-traditional families and the power of myth

- Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review, Thursday, August 7, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Pretty darn cute little film.

- dreamfaeries, Thursday, December 7, 2006

4 stars

AnnaSophia Robb is a sensational young actress, and she's really famous nowadays. This is her very first movie, and her performance was fantastic. In fact, the whole movie is fantastic. The movie is based on a book, and it's about a young girl called Inida Opal (AnnaSophia Robb) but everyone just calls her Opal. She lives with her father (Jeff Daniels) who is a preacher, but her mother left her when she was very little. She and her father have just moved to a town called Naomi, and Opal doesn't have any friends. One day, she is at a grocery store called Winn Dixie. Suddenly, she sees the workers chasing after a dog. Once they catch the dog, they are about to call the pound until Opal stops them saying that it is her dog and he is called Winn Dixie. She brings Winn Dixie home and asks her father if she can keep him. He agrees that the dog can be kept temporarily until a suitable home is found. Winn Dixie and Opal become friends, and soon they meet all sorts of people that live in Naomi. She finds friends of all types all because of Winn Dixie. This is beautifully told in this movie. The storytelling is terrific. This has a lot of sad moments and some were cute. So, the story was really good. All the characters are just so lovely and likeable. You really take a liking to the dog Winn Dixie. The acting was terrific. The dog that played Winn Dixie was adorable and I love a dog that can act. AnnaSophia Robb was adorable as Opal, she was so cute back then. Jeff Daniels' performance as the father was also really good. The cast was perfect, even though there were some weak performers such as Elle Fanning. The location was pretty nice. The nice country town was perfect because it feels so warm and charming. The cinematography was excellent and it makes the place look beautiful. This is delightful family film. It's cute, sweet and very beautifully created. It's got some funny moments and some adorable moments and everything makes you fell warm and fuzzy. We have a great script and some wonderful characters. Highly Reccomended.

- SpunkyJamez, Saturday, November 21, 2009

5 stars

I loved this Movie somuch. Its one of those Movie that I just enjoy everytime they bring up on TV. Unfortunately I cannt find it on DVD. Sad

- Liloh, Wednesday, September 19, 2007