Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

Fall 2003 DVD
Ages: All Ages
DVD Price: $29.99
Life needs to be lived to its fullest. That's the message in this Disney movie taken from the book that has often been required reading in middle-school classrooms.

The story is about two teens that fall in love. Sheltered, only-child Winnie yearns to step outside the restricted, stifling fence surrounding her grand, formal home and have some fun. When she finally does, meets young Jesse Tuck in the woods. He and his family have drunk from the spring that affords them immortality. He is 17, and will be forever. Winnie, however, isn't sure she wants to stay a teen forever. She wants to grow and learn from life.

Weighty issues - how is life best lived? Would you live forever if you could? - are combined with the fairy tale romance. Overall, the story seems most appealing to tween-aged girls, but not overly entertaining for younger kids.

Any viewer, in the end, will consider what this movie has to say: Be happy now. You don't have to live forever, just live well.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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