The Great Gilly Hopkins

Star-Studded Cast in this Low Budget Gem

This was a moving family film. I would not call it a teen movie at all. Gilly has been in a succession of foster homes while searching for her biological mother. She finally lands with Maime Trotter. Will she accept that she has finally found a home? The acting is superb on all counts. The young actor who plays Gilly really makes you go from disgust to a grudging liking without changing her basic defiant and prickly personality. Although it does contain some predictable clichés it doesn’t follow a template the whole way. Octavia Spencer was wonderful in her role as the wise no-nonsense teacher. Everyone was great, but I particularly enjoyed her role. Laughter, Cheers, and Tears abound and it leaves you wanting more.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

April 3, 2020

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