Mike Flaherty
February 28, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Tuck Everlasting

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/11/02
performer
Alexis Bledel, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bairstow, Victor Garber, William Hurt, Amy Irving, Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek
director
Jay Russell
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Jeffrey Lieber
genre
Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an B-

Director Jay Russell (”My Dog Skip”) tells another story of intrepid childhood with his pretty — and pretty saccharine — take on Natalie Babbitt’s 1975 novel. ”Gilmore Girls” star Bledel is Winnie Foster, a sheltered rich girl whose attempt to flee her stiff-upper-lipped parents (Victor Garber and Amy Irving) leads her to a woodsy encounter with the Tuck family, who have lapped up immortality from a gurgling spring. She’s entranced with the idea, especially as it’s embodied in 17-year-old Jesse (Jackson). The lush locations and heavyweight supporting cast (including William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, and Ben Kingsley) almost outweigh the heavy-handed moralizing. Tuck may leave the rainbows-and-unicorns set swooning, but parents will be checking their watches.

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