Annie (2014)

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: +4

MAIN ACTORS: Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz

FILM SYNOPSIS: This charming new version of the popular musical Annie starring relative newcomer Wallis (12 Years A Slave) in the title role and Foxx as Will Stacks (not Daddy Warbucks) is proving to be an audience pleaser instead of the flop critics predict. The New York City setting is updated with Will being an unscrupulous corporate mogul running for mayor and Annie sharing a crowded Harlem apartment with four other homeless girls supervised by greedy Hannigan (Diaz). Will and Annie meet in a widely publicized accident which becomes an opportunity for conniving Will to overcome his poor public image and win the mayoral election. The ten-year-old becomes his poster child and the sweetheart of the Big Apple. Annie’s every move becomes a photo shoot or television event - a sure recipe for a big fall when the truth comes out - and it always does.

PREVIEW REVIEW:Take the kids for a lively, fun Christmas treat. Songs include upbeat ”You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and “Tomorrow,” which encourages us with its promise of hope, “tomorrow is just a day away.” The energy of the musical numbers, Annie’s charm and the comical antics of the entire cast will hold the attention of all ages, boys and girls alike. There are also strong messages of never giving up, discovering that what you think you want may not be what you are really seeking. This applies to the adults as well as the children. This refreshing, family friendly movie may be just the 118 minutes of escape from the hustle and bustle of the season we all need to focus more on God’s gift of love to all.

The themes of forgiveness, redemption and finding joy dominate “Annie.” Hannigan and Will are too preoccupied with greed and deception to see what they are missing. As in real life, they learn that a child opens our eyes to what is important and the source of true wealth – love for your family and friends. Annie is a real leader who encourages her four roommates when they become discouraged by their dependence on government welfare for food and shelter. All of them are orphaned or abandoned, but Annie never gives up hope that “tomorrow” will be better.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: None, but harsh treatment of children (unreasonable punishment, yelling)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Generally upbeat, with strong messages of how to be positive even when things go wrong

Running Time: 118 minutes
Intended Audience: Families

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