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Because of Winn Dixie is a fantastic adaptation from the bestselling novel "Winn Dixie". I think this movie is absolutely adorable. The cinematography is so perfect because it's exactly how I imagined it would be when I read the novel. The colors and feel of the story are captured beautifully. My favorite character is Gloria because she doesn't hold any harsh judgment over anyone and is a great friend to Opal. I also like Ana Sophia's character, Opal, because she is very kind and strong even when she is sad. I like the scene when Opal first finds Winn Dixie because it is a chaotic and funny scene. I also enjoy watching the relationship grow between Opal and the preacher (her father). This movie is for all ages because it's a cute, funny family film that deserves 5 out of 5 stars. Because of Winn Dixie is one of the many classic films brought to your home by HDNet movies and KidScene. Raven Devanney, age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

I love this film because it has a great message: Friendship. This film is an adaptation of the book "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo and is about a girl named Opal, played by Anna-Sophia Robb, and her dad, the Preacher, played by Jeff Daniels, who just moved to a completely new town. When Opal is sent to the Winn-Dixie grocery store to get macaroni and cheese, some white rice and two tomatoes, she finds a dog running wild through the store and names him Winn-Dixie, after the place she found him in. Opal befriends him and takes him home. Opal doesn't have any friends yet and Winn-Dixie helps her fit into the new town, just like a true friend would. My favorite scene in this film is when Opal makes friends with an old woman named Gloria, played by Cicely Tyson, and they have lunch together. I really like this scene because there's a very nice bond between the two and this is when Opal meets her first human friend in Naomi. My favorite character is another one of Opal's adult friends, Miss Franny, the town librarian. I like Miss Franny because she's a kid at heart. "Because of Winn-Dixie" is directed by Wayne Wang and produced by Kathleen Courtney. I recommend this film to people of all ages because everyone can enjoy it, it has a great message, and in my opinion, this movie is just fantastic! I give this film five out of five stars because it's an absolutely enthralling tale! Look for this classic family film on HDNet movies KidScene this month! Camille Bajema, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Originally released in 2005. Screening throughout February, 2013 on HDNet Movies - kidScene. Wholesome family entertainment that demonstrates the positive differences that friendship can make in individuals, families, and communities. Emphasizes the values of generosity and individual uniqueness. Leaves you with a feeling of hope for the future. Contains profanity, rude insults, bathroom humor and alcoholism. Portrayer of police as a bumbling southern idiot that is mocked and the landlord as the mean man it's ok to lie to were unnecessary and not part of the book. Kids will love this story, it's about a little girl with a big heart, and a dog who is the same way. It will make you laugh and cry.
A lonely young girl in a new town makes friends with the help of a mischievous dog.
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