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Theodore “Theo” Decker (Ansel Elgort) was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day...a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed yet mostly inert, The Goldfinch mishandles its source material, flattening a complex narrative into a largely uninvolving disappointment.
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Common Sense Says
Art-centered drama about loss has teen drinking, drug use.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Goldfinch is a drama-mystery based on Donna Tartt's 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The story focuses on Theo Decker (played at different ages by Oakes Fegley and Ansel Elgort) and a valuable painting he takes from a museum after a terrorist attack kills his mother. The bombing and its aftermath include upsetting images; additional violence includes a suicide attempt, child abuse, and gunplay. Smoking and drug and alcohol abuse are rampant among both adults and teens; one scene demonstrates how to cut up prescription drugs to intensify a high. There's not too much sexual content, but you can expect plenty of strong language ("f--k," "s--t"). Lies, betrayals, and gambling all have consequences, and the story plays with our notions of what makes a person -- or an outcome -- "good" or "bad." Nicole Kidman, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, and Finn Wolfhard co-star.
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- Release Date:September 13, 2019
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