“Gifted” (Fox Searchlight)
By Catholic News Service
A 7-year-old math prodigy (McKenna Grace) gets caught up in a custody battle between the easygoing uncle (Chris Evans) by whom she has been raised since her mother committed suicide during her infancy and her hard-driving grandmother (Lindsay Duncan). At issue is the degree to which she should forsake a normal life to concentrate on her studies.
Director Marc Webb’s endearing and well-acted drama, which also features Jenny Slate as the girl’s caring teacher, is briefly marred by the young heroine’s exposure to the aftermath of a bedroom encounter and her use of a vulgar expression. Though fleeting, these elements of Tom Flynn’s script, together with some other adult fare, make what might have been a family-friendly movie into one exclusively suitable for grown-ups and perhaps older teens.
Nongraphic premarital sexual activity, mature references, including a suicide theme, a single rough term, a couple of uses each of crude and crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.