If you’re looking for a touching, feel-good family movie with positive messages throughout, this is the one. It’s about acceptance, kindness, empathy, overcoming obstacles and appreciating people for who they are.
Auggie, a 10-year-old boy born with a severe facial difference, has been homeschooled his entire life, but finally decides to enter a mainstream school. Once there, he’s faced with bullying, loneliness and being ostracized — but also kindness and friendship.
While some of the plot is a bit predictable, the complexity of the characters makes it enjoyable to watch throughout. Auggie has to navigate a lot of emotions, and his sister Via is grappling with her own struggles, including feeling like her parents focus all of their attention on her brother’s needs. This movie will be sure to tug at your heartstrings, so if you're an emotional person, keep a box of tissues handy.