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Story

Caught between the purest of intentions and unimaginative shortcuts to sentimentality, The Mighty is nevertheless rewarding enough to make it worth seeing. Kieran Culkin stars as Kevin, a terminally ill but spirited young boy who befriends a healthy but illiterate social outcast, Maxwell (Elden Henson). They realize that together they are a stronger, braver force than they are as individuals, and the various opportunities they have to confront persecutors and memories of their bad fathers are handled very effectively by director Peter Chelsom (a very original filmmaker who made the terrific Funny Bones). The curious adult casting includes Sharon Stone (a natural scene-stealer even when she doesn't intend it) as Kevin's saintly mother, and Gillian Anderson in a quite-unbelievable supporting role. Chelsom's lapses in judgment are not terribly significant (imaginary appearances by Camelot-era knights on horseback are the most annoying), though one could argue that a plot to kidnap one of the boys is a cheesy way to underscore the kids' redemptive loyalty to one another. Still, all in all, you can laugh and cry at this tale of rare friendship, and admire the sensitive performances by Chelsom's younger players. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Harry Dean StantonGrim
Gena RowlandsGram
Elden HensonMaxwell Kane
Kieran CulkinKevin Dillon
Sharon StoneGwen Dillon
Gillian AndersonLoretta Lee
Meat LoafIggy
James GandolfiniKenny Kane

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Peter Chelsom
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 100 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 9, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 14, 2003
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