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When her parents want to send her away to a school for girls winnie is distraught. She wanders into the woods and becomes lost. Shes taken into the house of the tucks a simple people who have an earthy and loving house - so unlike the cold strict home she knew. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 01/25/2005 Starring: Alexis Bledel Sissy Spacek Run time: 88 minutes Rating: Pg

With the makings of a classic, Disney's Tuck Everlasting compares favorably with such family favorites as The Secret Garden and Fairy Tale: A True Story. Loosely but respectfully adapted from Natalie Babbitt's beloved children's book, this appealing fable focuses on the timeless Tuck family, blessed--and cursed--with immortality after drinking from a magical spring. Hiding their secret over passing decades, they are discovered in 1914 by Winnie (Alexis Bledel)--the only daughter of stern, upper-crust socialites--who encounters the life-affirming Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson) and grows enchanted with his family (Sissy Spacek, William Hurt, Scott Bairstow) while her parents fear she's been kidnapped. The film's teenage romance is invented (Winnie is younger in Babbitt's book), but it's charmingly appropriate, and Ben Kingsley is perfect as a menacing man of mystery. Scoring a solid follow-up to his equally enjoyable My Dog Skip, director Jay Russell turns Tuck Everlasting into a magical plea for living life to its fullest. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • Do I like it?
    Do I like the movie Tuck Everlasting? Do I think it's a good choice to watch? Yes I do.
    Tuck Everlasting is a great entertainment because it has a bit of comedy and a lot of romantic and serious parts. It is a great movie for all ages young and old to watch. I think that Tuck Everlasting would be on my favorite movie list; although it has a few changes from the book it is still good. There was a few changes that I did like though, for instance when Jessie took Winnie swimming in the falls, and how Winnie was 15 instead of 11 because it allowed more romantic scenes.
    Tuck Everlasting is a great book and a great movie, and if you haven't read or watched it you should because it takes you places that you've never been. It's a great experience.
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  • Bledal and Jackson are flaws
    The cast is big, as is the story. The real problem is I see Bledal's character like her character on Gilmore Girls. Jackson's is a little to arrogant and not enjoyable....more info
  • A timeless tale,but no real chemistry between Winnie and Jesse.
    I read the book as a teen in the 70's and really enjoyed it. As an adult with a small child and a more realistic notion of,"mortality," I related to the film on a different and more mature level. Regardless, it is a timeless tale for all ages.

    One minor criticism is that I didn't sense any real romantic tension between Winnie and Jesse. Perhaps the problem was with casting. They looked so much alike that they seemed like brother and sister as opposed to passionate teens. Even when Winnie was doing that fireside dance, Jesse just seemed sort of oblivious.

    William Hurt who played the father is one of my favorite actors. At times he seemed slightly too sophisticated to play the unsophisticated father,especially since I tend to type cast him as,"Nick," from the Big Chill.

    I enjoyed the movie but whoever cast Jesse should not have cast a guy who looked like Winnie's brother to play her love interest. ...more info
  • A Thinking Person's Family Film
    Nicely filmed and intelligently conceived (based on Natalie Babbitt's novel), Disney's "Tuck Everlasting" works on enough levels to make it an entertaining film for the whole family. Unfortunately it gets bogged down in sentimentality and spends less time dealing with the many issues it raises, making it less substantial than Bobbitt's original. The classic Disney feel is there, with sweet emotions, pleasant vistas, and good-natured simple characters; the sweet Mrs. Tuck (Sissy Spacek) and the reserved but good-hearted Mr. Tuck (William Hurt). The Tucks and their two sons hold the secret of immortality, which they have found to be both a blessing and a curse.

    "Tuck Everlasting" is set mostly in early 20th century America and is told through the point of view of Winifred Foster (Alexis Bledel), a 15 year-old girl who stumbles upon Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson) deep in the woods her family owns. She is introduced to the Tuck family and their secret, along with an entirely new way of living. The Tucks take their time with life, appreciating everything around them. Since they themselves don't change physically they are focused on monitoring the world as it changes around them.

    Coming from a wealthy and very proper family, Winnie finds the Tuck lifestyle very refreshing and stays with the Tucks rather than returning home. This is symbolically represented by her switch from a wardrobe dominated by a tight corset to one of loose comfortable dresses.

    Suspense is introduced by a mysterious man in a yellow suit (Ben Kingsley) who is getting increasingly close to learning the Tuck's secret. Romance is introduced by the growing love between Winnie and Jesse. Although Jesse looks 17, he is actually 107. Apparently after 107 years of living, he still has a thing for teenage girls. You'd think that mentally he'd be trying to move up but this is just one of a host of problematic questions that arise if you try to take the story literally.

    The "Tuck Everlasting" novel is an expressionistic story and the Tuck family themselves a surreal device much like the repeating day in "Groundhog Day". Using this device the film is able to raise questions (many of which cannot be adequately answered but are fun to contemplate) about a number of issues. Should Winnie follow tradition and do what the world expects of her or should she seek adventure and set her own expectations of herself? What does it mean to get older? Are there times when secrets are necessary? At one point Mr. Tuck tells Winnie that she should not fear death but should fear the unlived life, she doesn't have to live forever-she just has to live.

    Another expressionistic theme of the book/film is the isolation of the Tucks from the rest of society because of their immortality. They do not share the one thing common to all living creatures, the limitations imposed by time.

    To best appreciate this story it is important to remember that it is about Winnie's life and not about the Tucks. They are just there to prompt her to consider the many issues that are facing her as she transitions from being a child to being an adult.

    The DVD is full of additional material. There are two commentary tracks, the more substantial one by director Jay Russell and screenwriter James Hart and a second one by Russell and cast members Jonathan Jackson, Alex Bledel and Scott Bairstow. Russell doesn't describe what's happening in the scenes so much as discuss the film-making process. It is here that he attempts to justify turning Babbit's 10 year-old heroine into a teenager. Although claiming that an older actress could better convey the thematic content, it seems more likely that it was done to expand the target audience demographic by inserting something of interest to teenage boys.

    There's also a "Lessons of Tuck" viewing mode, in which the film is interrupted a few times and discussion takes place about the various themes that have been introduced in the preceding segment.

    Finally, there's a featurette on the life and inspirations of author Natalie Babbitt.

    Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child....more info
  • Tuck Everlasting
    A usual romantic movie (young love and choices) that has an ending with a twist....more info
  • Enjoyable...but not true enough to the book.

    After reading Natalie Babbitt's "Tuck Everlasting" I decided I should watch the film, just to see how it compared. I admit, this is generally a bad idea as films can never quite match the images that come up in one's imagination, however I enjoy doing this after reading a book. Even if it does not match I feel it forever crystallizes the novel in my head.

    Well, there were varying differences of success with this adaptation, which I will attempt to talk about. One glaringly obvious change was Winnie's age, which in the film was altered from a young girl of ten years to a young woman of 16 or 17. It was obvious that this change was made so that Disney could amp up the love story between her and Jesse, and so much of that was done that it took up a large portion of the movie, whereas in the book it was a small detail that was innocent moments here and there between the two characters.

    Another difference seemed to come with the character of Miles Tuck, who seemed more brooding and destructive in the film than in the book. For those who don't know Miles has a lot to suffer for, as he had married at a younger point in his life, and then lost his family when the truth of his immortality was revealed to his bride. In the book this made him a rather somber character, and a sympathetic one, but it was mostly because he feels rather... deflated, I guess would be a good word. He seems saddened about the whole thing, but because he has had time (60 some years) to think about his family his feelings are tempered, and all of the angry edges seemed to be taken down. Miles in the film is still upset about his wife leaving, actually, he is still downright angry about her leaving. There is no relief, no acceptance, he is just ticked off to no end... and this difference makes him a less sympathetic character (to me, at least) because he desires nothing more than to harm himself over the whole thing, as proved by a card game he indulges in at one point in the film. To me this masochistic streak was unnecessary, as Babbitt so elegantly wrote his pain to be present, but tolerable, because (as the old adage goes) time heals all wounds, and Miles is proof of that statement to a tee.

    Another change comes with Jesse Tuck himself, who is still his adventurous self only now he seems more hell-bent on being anywhere his family is not. This may just be that he is a young man (despite the 87 years of immortality) and he simply desires to see the world and what he can do in it, but his motives seem more selfish and less... puckish than the Jesse in the book (who reminded me of a Mark Twain character, Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, more so than an adventurer). The Father, Angus, feels different too, as he seemed to have more of a death wish in the book and this was diminished in the film I suppose to make him more appealing and less dark.

    There were enjoyable elements of the film, don't get me wrong. The basic plot is still there, but I was so much a fan of the way the characters were written that I was naturally disappointed by these alterations. I loved the scene in the waterfall pool, where Jesse and Winnie are swimming together, as well as the jailbreak scene in the end... and even some of the romantic moments added were not bad, but I do feel as if this movie suffers purely because I so loved the book. The casting isn't horrible, it's pretty dead on (except for Winnie who feels out of place simply because of the whole age difference), but the changes to the characters make it a not perfect film for me. I enjoyed it, but it could have been better, had they stuck more to the original material.
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  • Great movie, but the ending was depressing
    This movie was great. But the reason why I only gave it 4 stars was because of the ending. It was very depressing which made me cry. I just don't like how the story is at the end. I would say what it is, but I don't want to give it away. But besides the end, this movie was really good and I recommend it to anyone. Seriously, I think everyone needs to watch it....more info
  • The Amazing Movie
    If you are an ordinary person and want to see an exciting movie rent Tuck Everlasting!! The man in the yellow suit creates suspense.When something exciting is going to happen the music starts to get scary and you get freaked out.The movie is also emotional, when Jesse has to leave Winnie.I also think that the producer made a fantastic choice in making Miles more mean.My favorite scene is when the man in the yellow suit is following Jesse and Miles on the train.That is why I thought the movie was really good....more info
  • The best movie. Ever.
    Wow, this is a good movie. It's also extremely sad. I saw it for the first time in school, and I almost started crying at the end. I personelly, would have stayed with Jesse. It's just sad knowing that he was coming back for her someday and she married, had kids, and had a life without him. Overall, this is a great movie, the end is just really, really sad....more info
  • Do I like it?
    Do I like the movie Tuck Everlasting? Do I think it's a good choice to watch? Yes I do.
    Tuck Everlasting is a great entertainment because it has a bit of comedy and a lot of romantic and serious parts. It is a great movie for all ages young and old to watch. I think that Tuck Everlasting would be on my favorite movie list; although it has a few changes from the book it is still good. There was a few changes that I did like though, for instance when Jessie took Winnie swimming in the falls, and how Winnie was 15 instead of 11 because it allowed more romantic scenes.
    Tuck Everlasting is a great book and a great movie, and if you haven't read or watched it you should because it takes you places that you've never been. It's a great experience.
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  • Shooting and always Living
    The movie Tuck Everlasting is a romantic and exciting movie. When the Tucks kidnapped Winnie she is frightened and full of fear. Then Winnie starts to fall in love Jesse. Jesse and Winnie go to many different places together. I really enjoyed the jail break. This is my favourite part, because it has lots action and shooting. The jail break is also my favourite part because it's humorous and suspenseful. The movie is really suspenseful because of the music they used. The music makes me have different feelings. It makes me feel frightened, scary, dismayed, and other feelings. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really enjoyed the movie, and I should stop yammering so you can go ahead and watch it yourself....more info
  • Amazing
    The first time i saw this i was crying by the end of the movie! it was so sad and very good... it had a very good plot and it stood tall to the story line... i recommend this book to everyone who likes teen romances....more info
  • Top Secret
    Who even thought someone could live forever? The Tuck family happens to be a different family from other families. This movie was much better than the book. The movie has more suspense. The director of the movie shows this event by using flashbacks. He shows a flash back when Miles was telling Tuck about someone who was following Jesse and Miles. The director flashbacks to a spooky train scene with horror music, smoke, and fog. Right from out of the fog, a man in a yellow suit comes out of no where. My favorite part of the movie is when Miles and Jesse dressed up during the escaping of Mae and Tuck. I hope you will like the movie too. ...more info
  • Do I like it?
    Do I like the movie Tuck Everlasting? Do I think it's a good choice to watch? Yes I do.
    Tuck Everlasting is a great entertainment because it has a bit of comedy and a lot of romantic and serious parts. It is a great movie for all ages young and old to watch. I think that Tuck Everlasting would be on my favorite movie list; although it has a few changes from the book it is still good. There was a few changes that I did like though, for instance when Jessie took Winnie swimming in the falls, and how Winnie was 15 instead of 11 because it allowed more romantic scenes.
    Tuck Everlasting is a great book and a great movie, and if you haven't read or watched it you should because it takes you places that you've never been. It's a great experience.
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  • movie good for the young at heart
    I first saw this movie when I was a junior in high school (I'm a college sophomore now). While at my friend's house we watched it and I must say I was praticulary impressed. I'm a sap for historical period movies I must say but the plot and storyline of the movie really drew me in.
    15-year old Winnie Foster is sick of her life and decides one day to run into the woods her family owns. Their she meets a young boy Jesse Tuck drinking from a spring. Wanting a drink herself, Jesse stops her and a the mstery of the Tuck family is unravled as Winnie is brought to the Tuc's home and told their secret--by drinking from the spring they will never age, never die. They are blessed and cursed with immortality.
    I really liked how the movie discusses issues of death and life. Tuck describes that being immortal is not part of life because along with life there is death. The two conicide with each other. And their family is somewhere stuck in the middle.
    If you have read the book their are subtle differences in the movie. Winnie is 10 in the book and made 15 in the movie. There is also the romance between Winnie and Jesse that is prevelant in the movie. All in all it is a movie worth your time. If I could I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5....unfortunatley Amazon doesn't offer that option....more info
  • Love this movie
    I love this movie! it is a great film...maybe better then the book. i cried for hours after i watched this movie (which is a good thing) if you like sad movies you'll love this!!! ...more info
  • THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH...
    Disney scores another home run with this delightful film, lovingly adapted from the popular children's book of the same name by Natalie Babbit. Although there was some artistic license taken with the book, it is nothing that takes away from its central theme. The changes actually serve it well, and Disney has done a masterful job in creating another beautiful family film.

    The film takes place in the early twentieth century, just when cars are coming into use. The film revolves around fifteen year old Winnifred "Winnie" Foster (Alexis Bledel), daughter of wealthy socialites, and the mysterious Tuck family, who lives deep in the woods owned by the Fosters. It seems that Winnie is an independent sort of gal who is chafing under the restrictions imposed by her prim and proper parents (Victor Garber and Amy Irving). While wandering on her own in those very same woods one day, lost and thirsty, she comes across seventeen year old Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson), who is drinking from a small spring of water. When she wants to follow suit, he stops her from drinking. She also comes across his older, bitter brother, Miles Tuck (Scott Bairstow), who basically takes her by force deep into the woods to where the Tuck cabin is hidden. There, Winnie meets the boys' parents, Mae (Sissy Spacek) and Angus Tuck (William Hurt).

    The Tucks are initially flummoxed by Winnie's appearance in their midst, but Mae Tuck reassures her that she will be returned unharmed to her parents, once they are sure that she can be trusted. During her short sojourn with the Tucks, Winnie finds herself enjoying the time spent with the Tucks, especially with Jesse. Winnie begins to fall in love with Jesse and he with her. Gradually, she learns the mystery that binds the Tucks. In the meantime, a sinister man in a yellow suit (Ben Kingsley) has tracked the Tucks to their cabin in the woods, as he suspects what their secret is and wants it for himself, so that he may exploit it for profit. When he poses a danger to Winnie, Mae takes action that forces her to do something that she would rather not have had to do. This places the Tucks in a quandary, as the Fosters believe that they had kidnapped Winnie, based upon information previously given to them by the man in the yellow suit. The outside world suddenly intrudes upon the Tuck family in a way that would eventually lead to their secret being revealed to all and sundry. Winnie helps them to keep their secret, leaving her to make a life defining decision.

    Director Jay Carroll has directed a film that is simply wonderful, both magical and philosophical. He has a first class cast that conveys the story in a way of which the author of the book may be proud. The performances are simply stellar. Alexis Bledel is delightful as Winnifred "Winnie" Foster, reminding me of a very young Winona Ryder. Jonathan Jackson is terrific as the boyish, good looking Jesse, and has, undoubtedly, acquired a following of young girls, as a result of this film. Sissy Spacek is as always superlative, imbuing the character of Mae with a warmth and sensitivity that makes one root for her, when an apparent injustice has transpired. William Hurt gives a thoughtful performance as the patriarch of the star-crossed Tuck clan. Scott Bairstow's performance is a little on the strident side, but effective, nonetheless. Kudos go to Amy Irving and Victor Garber as Mr. and Mrs. Foster, Winnie's restrictive, blue-blood parents. Ben Kingsley is suitably sinister as the man in the yellow suit who threatens to take the secret of the Tuck family up a disastrous path.

    This is a heartwarming and tender film with a lovely and haunting musical score. It is a film that will simply delight viewers, It is rated "PG", but its innocence serves to underscore some of its philosophically potent, underlying themes. The film provides much food for thought and has a depth that is surprising. It is a film that is worthy of being in one's personal collection. Bravo!...more info
  • Cookies With More Cream
    My Movie Opinion for Tuck Everlasting


    When I watched Tuck Everlasting I thought it was a very romantic and heart warming movie.

    My favorite part was when Jesse taught Winnie how to swim because it teaches you about living life to its fullest. Another great part was when Miles and Jesse got the constable to run away so they can get Mae out of jail because it added a little more laughter to the movie. Another part I liked about the movie is how they used the music to tell what was going to happen. In the movie they made a few changes from the book. One change was that Winnie was turning fifteen and not eleven, but this is a good thing because it made the relationship between her and Jesse stronger.

    In conclusion this movie was great for any body because it can teach important lessons about life.
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  • Shooting, but always living
    The movie Tuck Everlasting is a romantic and exciting movie. When the Tucks kidnapped Winnie she is frightened and full of fear. Then Winnie starts to fall in love Jesse. Jesse and Winnie go to many different places together. I really enjoyed the jail break. This is my favourite part, because it has lots action and shooting. The jail break is also my favourite part because it a humorous and suspenseful. The movie is really suspenseful because of the music they used. The music makes me have different feelings. It makes me feel frightened, scared, dismayed, and other feelings. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really enjoyed the movie, and I should stop yammering so you can go ahead and watch it yourself....more info
  • Tuck Everlasting
    Have you ever felt you have lost track of time or you have time for every thing?
    This is a movie is a serious movie with funny scenes, it has a bit of everything it has some romance, comedy, and action. It is kind of romantic, the love story is between Winnie and Jessie, and because they are so different the relationship won't work. The jail break in particular is humorous. The lighting & sound is very thrilling.
    Great movies love it, 2 thumbs up.
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  • A Sip That Lasts Forever
    Deep in the woods of Treegap, lies a spring. Only the Tucks knew of the magical water from the spring that brought immortality to the drinker. Twelve-year-old Winnie Foster was about to be one of those drinkers when, all of a sudden, a hand touched her shoulder and spun her around. This hand belonged to Jesse Tuck, who was trying to protect his family's secret about the spring. Since Winnie insisted on taking a drink, Jesse had to take drastic action. So, he kidnapped Winnie and brought her home to his parents. At the Tucks' Winnie learned about the spring. DUring her time there she and Hesse fell in love. Is their love strong enough to last froever? Does Winnie decide to drink from this magical spring?
    Jesse and Winnie's love is shown in both the book and the movie. They both illustrate Jesse's wit, big heart, and passion for life, and what Winnie's desires. Miles, Jesse's brother also fell i love. This ways many years ago, after the Tucks' had taken a drink from the spring. When Miles' wife noticed herself aging but not her husband, she left. This sad story is told in the both the book and the movie.
    The biggest difference between the book and movie is how Jesse introduces the idea of joining him in his ongoing life. In the book, Jesse tells Winnie he must go. Before leaving, Jesse gives Winnie some water from the spring in a bottle, telling her to drink it when she turns seventeen. In the movie, Hesse tells Winnie to wait for him by the spring. Winnie must make the decision to live with her lover forever or find comeone else. In the book, the bottle was symbolic of her and Jesse's love. However, in the movie, JEsse told Winnie to go meet him at the spring. The difference led the reader to believe that Winnie and Jesse's love was stronger in the book.
    This book opened my mind into a world of fantasy. It fot me to think about living forever. Should someone live forever? Would life ever get boring? I would like to give the movie and the book four stars. The movie represented the book very well. Experienced actors with real talent played Winnie Foster, Jesse Tuck, Miles Tuck, and the other characters. The book was even better than the movie. It was well written, had great detail, and never lost my interest. Come on. dive into the world of the spring, a magical secret, and one family trying to protect them.
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  • jonathan jackson
    jonathan jackson has been a fav of mine since general hospital. great performances by all. Great for all ages to see as well. enjoy !...more info
  • A really sweet movie
    I haven't read the book yet, but this movie is really sweet. Alexis Bledel really shows a whole other side of her acting abilities in this movie, versus her role in the Gilmore Girls. The movie is about the Tuck family and their unique gift: they can not die. They were traveling west in the late 1700's when they stopped at a spring and drank from it. The spring had magical powers and granted them an immortal life. The movie focuses on the love story between young Winifred (Alexis) and the youngest Tuck son, Jesse. Someone discovers the Tuck's secret and eventually the Tucks have to leave, but not before Jesse has to decide between Winifred and his family. I won't spoil the ending, but overall I think this movie was well written and would be a great addition to any child or young adults collection....more info
  • It Was okay
    The movie was nice, but comparing with the book it would be a totally diferent story, it didin't have anything to do with it. But it was still fine....more info
  • If you could choose to live forever, would you?
    Despite the impressive cast of adult actors assembled for the 2002 film version of "Tuck Everlasting," this adaptation of Natalie Babbit's novel is clearly geared for adolescents. By that I mean that older viewers can easily get caught up in identifying problems with the story from an adult perspective, while younger viewers will be focused on imagining what it would be like to be confronted with the choice that faces Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel), the only child of a wealthy family living in a town in upstate New York on the even of the First World War. Winnie wants to be a tomboy, or at least a normal young girl, but her life is as strictly controlled as her body is by the corset her mother (Amy Irving) insists she wear. One day she is told by her father (Victor Garber) that she will be sent away to a boarding school, so Winnie runs away, deep into the woods where she meets handsome young Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson).

    Unfortunately, the Tuck family is hiding out in the deep woods, and they cannot afford to have anybody know where they are, even young Winnie. So she is brought back to the family home, where Jesse lives with his parents, Mae (Sissy Spacek) and Angus (William Hurt), and his brother, Miles (Scott Bairstow). In good time she learns the family secret: a century ago the Tucks discovered a small spring in the woods. They drank from the sweet waters and found out that they no longer aged and had become invulnerable. In other words, they are immortals. But there is someone out there, a strange man wearing a yellow suit (Ben Kingsley), who has been on their trail and is obviously interested in the magic waters that make life everlasting. With everyone looking for the missing Winnie, the life the Tuck family has been living might be coming to an end, even if their lives do not.

    The choice for Winnie is whether she should drink from the spring and stay young forever with Jeese, who is really 104, or live a mortal life. Miles thinks it is a bad idea. He fell in love once, married, and had two children. But when his wife learned his secret she became convinced he had made a pact with the devil and left Miles, taking his children. Would Miles have shared the water with them at some point? What point would he have picked? Miles is planning to enlist when the Great War begins because he longs to die, even though he knows he cannot be killed.

    This is where the adult mind, weaned on countless horror films, takes over and comes up with lots of ways of granting Miles his wish (none of which I will share with you here). But "Tuck Everlasting" is not about the real world, even if that is where Babbitt sets her tale, and the point here is not about looking backwards, but looking forward. It is Angus Tuck who makes the most important points to young Winnie. Angus knows that people will do just about anything not to die, but finds it more important that "they'll do anythng to keep from living their life." More importantly, he does not consider what the Tucks have to be called "living," comparing it to being "like rocks, stuck at the side of a stream." In the end, Angus' sage advice is for her not be afraid of death, but to "Be afraid of the unlived life."

    Again, the adult is quick to point out that Angus does not have to be living in a home in the woods. He can go disappear in the teaming cities of America or anywhere else in the world, moving from place to place often enough for no one to suspect the truth (that is what his sons do). But the kids are looking at this one from the perspective of Winnie and Jesse. After all, Jesse not only looks like he is 17 but acts like it as well (Is this the first time he has been in love or is Winnie special? Only adults will care). I wonder what Mae thinks about the life she is living, but no one ever bothers to ask her.

    "Tuck Everlasting" is sweetly romantic. The kissing is fairly chaste and the most romantic moment has the winsome Bledel as the young Winnie dancing by firelight. The screenplay of Babbitt's novel is by Jeffrey Lieber, creator of this year's new television series "Lost," and James V. Hart, who did the screenplay for "Bram Stoker's Dracula," and I am told that the romantic elements are more developed here than in the novel. Still, the innocent romance seems in keeping with the rest of the story. The fate of the Tucks becomes the focal point of the film's climax, but the resolution still has to do with Winnie's choice.

    If young viewers are still not clear about the point of this film, then they can avail themselves of the "Lessons Of Tuck" feature on the DVD. This special viewing mode allows kids to switch from the film to special segments that explore the themes and issues of the movie with actor Jonathan Jackson, other cast members, and some regular kids. Other DVD features include a pair of commentary tracks, the first with director Jay Russell and screenwriter James V. Hart and the second with Russell and the three young cast members, Jackson, Bledel and Bairstow. Finally there is a featurette that visits with author Natalie Babbitt, which looks more at her entire career as a writer and artist of children's literature and not "Tuck Everlasting" in particular....more info
  • Well made version of established classic novel for kids
    This beautifully shot Disney movie is a sensitive and well made version of the much loved children's novel of the same name by Natalie Babbit .It is set in upstate New York at the turn of the twentieth century and its Big Theme is the choice brtween mortality and immortality with a ringing and positive message that one should not fear death but instead fear the unlived life ,one devoid of love and compassion .

    Teenager Alexis (Winnie Foster)runs away from her restrictive parents (Victor Garber and Amy Irving)and discovers a woodland fountain of youth as well as encountering the Tuck family who have lived on the properties of the fountain for over 100 years .An innocent -and sensitively handled -romance develops between her and the eldest Tuck child ,Jesse (Jonathan Jackson).Soon she has to decide if she will embrace the prospect of eternal life or return to her formar existence ,changed as she will be by her experiences -by no means an easy or facile choice .

    The movie is shot through with both melancholy and humour .It is well made although sentimentality is not always kept at bay.Foster and Jackson give strong performances and there is a good Ben Kingsley cameo .Willaim Hurt and Sissy Spacek as the Tuck parents unwisely adopt Irish accents and neither of them sustain them especially well .This is a minor blemish on what is an affectionate and sensitive piece of work , is suitable for a family audience ...more info
  • Tuck Everlasting DVD
    This DVD is a little disappointing if you are looking for it to follow the story line of the book. The book is about a 10 year old girl. The movie increases her age to 15 in order to appeal to a wider audience. In doing so, I believe they lost some of the real meaning behind the book....more info
  • Not a film version of the delightful book.
    "Tuck Everlasting" - the movie - is entertaining as far as it goes, and if you hadn't read the book, you would probably think it is just fine. However, the book is enchanting (and vastly superior to the movie). Unfortunately, all the changes made in the movie detract from the delightful character of the original story, so much so that there is only a shell left. If you read the book and are expecting this movie to tell the same story, it does not and you will be disappointed. If you have not read the book, I urge you to do so before seeing the movie, so the movie does not ruin what it retains of the plot....more info
  • The Tuck Review
    I personally loved this book. It is about a girl Winnie who finds a magical water spring. She saw a boy maybe a little bit older than her drink from it. when she asks if she could have some he says no. Then she demands the water because she owns the wood that the spring is in. He stops her then the boys mom and older brother come, he is relieved because they would know what to do. They take her to their house but on the way there they tell her the story. The story is that long ago they drank from it and as they grew on in life they realized that they were not getting any older from the time they drank the water. so they figured that they were immortal when Jesse the youngest boy fell out of a tree 30ft high right on his neck and didn't even hurt him, then when Tuck the father got bitten by a rattle snake and did not die, then Jesse ate poisen frogs stools and didn't even get sick, then the horse got mistaken for a deer and got shot and it didn't even leave a mark, thats when Tuck the father found out it was the water, so to make sure of it one day Tuck took his shotgun and before Jesse, Mae the mother, or Miles the older brother could do any thing he shot himself in the heart! It knocked him down but barely left a scratch. So the family tells the girl not to tell anyone about the spring. But the problem was a man heard the whole story and was planning to sell thge water! Thats when the story begins, but I am not going to tell you any more. But the one thing that made the story was that Jesse and Winnie fall in love. So I really think it was a great book. ...more info
  • No Icing in the Oreo Cookie
    `Dead Serious' is all that backs up Tuck Everlasting. If you're a person who likes a good action or comedy movie you'll drop dead after you see this movie. It's no `Rush Hour' or ` Slap shot'. It's more like your classical ` Black Beauty', but if you're that kind of person then it is highly recommended. It has the idea of life and death. It's about a normal family who was going to settle in and they stop at a spring to refresh themselves with a bit of cool water, but the spring has a curse. Who ever takes a drink from the spring has everlasting life. For me the only expressive scenes were the start and the end of the movie. You know those Oreo cookies and the icing in the middle? Well the icing in my Oreo cookie has no icing in the it just like Tuck Everlastings middle part of the movie. This movie won't entertain any teenagers. There goes three of my rotten tomatoes. ...more info
  • No comparison with the 1981 version
    Demand that someone release the old version on DVD. The characters were much more interesting, the action truer to the original Natalie Babbitt book, the sweet was sweeter, the evil eviler. It's too easy to portray evil as a leering, sneering, menacing "man in yellow". How much harder (and better) to put a pleasant face on it and let the actions speak for themselves. For all the characters it almost seems as though the director wrote down a two or three word description and told the actors, "This is your character; now, read your lines."...more info
  • Tuck Everlasting...
    Tuck Everlasting, no one could go wrong with such a book or movie. This movie thrilled me, inspired me, touched me, made me think and made we wonder. This movie had everything a GOOD movie should have. It had the perfect characters, a good combination of elements, romance, tragity, the right screne play and fantastic scenery. I would have to say I prefered the movie than the book though, the book didn't seem to have as much feeling as the movie.
    But besides that, I REALLY WANTED WINNIE (Alexis Bledel) TO DRINK THE WATER! But even though she didn't, it was and is still the perfect movie.
    This movie is for ALL ages, not just children. I recomend it to all who love heart-warming movies.
    All I am really trying to say is that I sincerely LOVED this film....more info
  • Amazing
    I saw Tuck Everlasting when it first was released to theaters, being an Alexis Biedel fan and a lover of chick flicks. I wasn't disappointed with this! Tuck leaves you with a sense of wonder and sadness, yet curiousity and motavation to want to LIVE life..the youthful exuberence shown in Jesse makes me to want to run in a field myself, with the soundtrack blaring in my ears...there's a magic to this movie and it's wonderful for young and old, even those who don't enjoy romance. The DVD is packed with two full length audio commentaries, including the director and cast, then the director and producer. The director chats a bit much, talking more about the book and how they got into character and not the secrets and interesting facts about the film like in other movies I've seen. I've found I enjoy the movie more than the book, no offense to Ms. Babbitt, of course, but the cast does such a good job portraying and BEING the characters that I love it!...more info
  • A Lovely Tale
    This movie was magnificent. Though I can not compare it with the book because I have yet to read it. The story was wonderful, it made me laugh and cry. It was lovely in all aspects. It is a light and happy tale....more info
  • has to be one of the most beautiful movies ever filmed
    I read the book by Natalie Babbitt and loved it, but was wary about watching the movie. After reading some amazon.com reviews I decided to give it a try. I'm very glad I did. It has the feel and plot of the book, which I was pleased to see. The main change was Winnie and Jesse's romance. I think Disney did well in adding this, because I don't think an eleven-year-old Winnie would've worked as well. Besides, they would have had to get someone else to play her and Alexis Bledel is just too perfect for words. I think the two best scenes were the one where she and Tuck are rowing in a boat on the pond and the one with her and Jesse in the water. The story is very simply and beautifully told and the music is lovely. The point of the movie is, what it would be like to live forever? Would it be worth it? Or would it be better to "just live"? This movie will make you taste life more and see things differently. It was funny at times, and heartrending at others. If you haven't seen it yet you have to. A simple, beautiful, powerful film....more info
  • Amazing movie!!!
    I loved this movie so much. The first time i saw it was just after i read the book, And whenever they make a movie out of a book its never as good as the book. But this movie is definetly as good, or even better then the book. This movie is about a girl named Winnie who is fed up with life at home, and goes exploring in the woods. In the woods she meets a boy named Jesse Tuck, along with the rest of his family. Winnie learns that the Tuck family is imortal. They will live forever and can not die. They decide to keep her at their house, intill she understands why she can not tell about the little spring that makes them imortal. While she is staying with the Tucks Winnie and Jesse fall in love. There is an amazing scene that almost made me cry, when Winnie is being taken away from Jesse. Mae the mother hits the man who is trying to take away winnie on the head with a gun, and he dies. She and her husband are then put in jail, to be hung. The problom is, if she is hung she will not die, and every one will know the secret. If you want to know what happens next, see the movie!!!This movie has some very good acors including Alexis Bledel as Winnie,Jonathan Jackson as Jesse Tuck and Ben Kingsley as the Man in the Yellow Suit. All in all,this was a great movie and you should get it!!!...more info
  • A family discovery for a single man teacher
    As a substitute teacher in a middle school English class, I was left this movie to show the class. I knew nothing about it, but I got caught up in its innocent (but never simple-minded) charms. I had to stay late after school to see how it ended! I did not know that Disney had returned so strongly to G and PG rated movie-making. Yes, it is a bit sentimental, but life needs a bit of that, and it offers plenty of food for thought for grown-ups too. A genuine surprise -- and pleasure....more info
  • Great!
    This is a very cute movie. It was touching, but it kind of seems like Winnie's a little bit too young for her (boy)friend.
    Other than that, great movie!...more info
  • Real Fantasy
    The movie was even better than the book for a few reasons. First of all, I had the chance to SEE what I had been reading for the last month: the spring, Winnie looking at it thinking whether she would like to drink from it or not, Jesse falling in love with her, pure sadness in Tuck's home, Miles telling his own tragedy and more. Then, I could picture myself on Winnie's shoes, which I could not by only reading the book: What it would be like to be the same person for 10 years, with the same old routine, and all of a sudden change and grew up in less than one week? Would I keep the Tuck's family secret, or not? Finally, I love the plot and the fact that we can see this girl becoming a woman and how she goes through it, asking herself the biggest question of all times: Would I like to live forever?
    Moreover, the end is one of the most enjoyable parts of the movie with Jesse coming back to the woods, I could feel his relief because she had the life he could never have.
    The thing that attracted me the most was the voice-over with the soft music, I could actually feel a every sad or happy moment with only one phrase: "You don't have to live forever, you just need to live" and she did.
    On balance, this is what I call "Real Fantasy". A fantasy that looks real because we can actually ask ourselves if we would do the same as the main character. Any of the main themes of the plot can happen to us: growing up, making important decisions, changing our mind, finding new friends with secrets and falling in love with an unreachable and everlasting dream.
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  • Tuck Everlasting: A Timeless Tale--Literally!
    Tuck Everlasting was enjoyable and thought-provoking. However, I believe, as many others do, that Disney really could have gone a lot farther with this movie. It ended way too abruptly--just when I was really starting to get into it. Still, it was exciting because it did have a bit of suspense to it. Winnie Foster was faced with the most important question of her life: "Do you want to live forever?" All she had to do was drink the water of the spring in the woods by her home, and she could live forever with Jessie Tuck, the boy/man she was "in love" with. (Winnie just seemed too young--way too little-girlish--to be "in love.") You become involved in finding out what her decision will be while you're asking yourself what you would do. You want her to drink the water, but at the same time you don't.

    While Tuck Everlasting lacked much character development and a thick plot, it was still touching and is a great movie for all ages. I haven't read the book or seen the 1981 movie that I've seen mentioned in other reviews, so I can't compare them all, but I can say that I would recommend this movie. The colors are beautiful throughout, and the cast is great, although I think that the lovers are just a tad too young to be taken seriously....more info

  • Supernatural Love Story for the Whole Family
    My 4-year-old grand daughter thought the male lead was cute, so I rented the movie for her. After renting it several more times at her request, I finally bought the DVD. We have watched it no less than 20 times. It is a supernatural love story that stresses family values and unrequited love. The story connects to persons of any age, making it wonderful joint viewing for both a child and adult. It's a movie you will share over and over. ...more info
  • definate tearjerker
    i just recently saw this movie and i was in tears about half way through it and the tears just didn't stop until the end, then they just got to be more abundant. Winnie's character was great and fit perfectly with Jessie's. the actors did a great job, though it took a while for me to get into the movie. i have yet to read the book, but i am going out to buy it as soon as possible so i can compare and contrast the two because i absolutely loved the movie. it's a must for anyone who likes innocent romance....more info
  • Awesome
    I liked how everything looked so real. It shows alot of bravery and its really, really good. I liked how they came up with such a good plan to get Mr. & Mrs. Tuck out of the prison. I would recommend that kids be at least 8 1/2 to watch the movie -- otherwise they might not understand everything....more info
  • the story is a bit thin but some scenes are simply powerful
    It was not as great a story or character development as I could have hoped for, but overall I was not dissapointed. The scenery was beautiful, the 2 main characters also were beautiful and they had some powerful scenes between them.

    The scene of him helping her in the water because she cannot swim is one of the most romantic and touching few minutes of film I have ever seen....more info

  • A Great Movie, Based on Great Book
    Despite the fact that this movie is much different from the book-I loved it! While it at times is dark, I enjoyed the overall story. I found the teenage love suitable for all ages. It was well acted by namely Alexis Bledel and Jonathan Jackson. I highly recommend it!...more info
  • Unforgetable!! one of the best movies ever made!!
    I fell in love with this movie. It is about a rich girl, Winnie, who stumbles across some odd people in the forest one day. They soon reveal their secret that they drank some magical water and will stay young forever. Winnie falls in love with heart-throb Jesse Tuck, but when they are seperated, she has to make the choice to drink the water and live forever with him or go on a live life the way it's supposed to be lived, as a cycle. The movie is incredible and really made me think. It also is very sad and I recommend you buy this movie with as box of tissues!!...more info
  • Tuck Everlasing
    If you have read the book Tuck Everlasting, you have got to watch the movie.
    One of the scenes that I thought was good in the movie was when Miles, Jesse and Winnie were around the fire having a conversation I was emotional. Another scene I liked was when the Tucks and Winnie were helping Mae escape from the jail house because it was suspenseful and dramatic. There for what caught me was that the whole movie was based on there's more to life than living for ever so you just have to love life to its fullest. Inoculation this movie is serious and thoughtful but it's still a grate movie. If you have not seen this movie you have got to because I guaranty you that you want take a second look a life you'll just go for it. The end
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  • Really good movie!
    Tuck Everlasting is a book that students read in middle school. I hadn't ever heard of it, but we rented the movie and I really liked it. The thought of someone never growing old and never dying was fasinating, and yet sad at the same time. Good acting and a thought provoking story....more info
  • Older film, great price
    Mailed in a timely manner, great quality, and a good reasonable price for this film that my granddaughter studied in school and wanted to see....more info
  • Tuck Ever lasting
    Fantastic just fantastic I loved the movie of Tuck Ever lasting. If you like love and being excited it's definitely for you. The exciting part is the jail break. That you have to see. Jesse and Miles come with swords to the jail house and scare the police. Now the love part is what you will like. Jesse Tuck and Winnie Foster fall in love and love each other every minute. The best love scene of love is the Eiffel Tower part. You will like it. Now that you know about the movie go on and watch it then. Believe me watch it. ...more info
  • Just Plain Enjoyable
    Regardless of what some people thought of this movie, I say that it is very enjoyable. It's very sweet and touching yet adventurous. It's also fun. I was captivated and cried. So, maybe it's not a guy's movie by the description I'm giving, but I think this movie can be enjoyed by all ages. I would also recommend the book. I loved the movie and am planning on owning it....more info
  • Varies from the novel
    Reading the novel prior to viewing the movie can provide more detailed character understanding and foundation for a comparison debate....more info
  • beautiful
    the story is great and i wanted to get that music box that mae tuck had.the only thing i did not like was alexis bladel, shes pretty, i just dont like her voice, it's so monotoned. but thats not a big deal it's still a great movie....more info
  • A disappointment, sadly enough.
    I was expecting this film to be excellent, having read the book and finding it to be one of the best novels I have seen. Unfortunately my hopes were rudely shattered right from the opening sequences of the film when it became obvious that the story had been seriously tampered with. I carried on watching, however, as these changes did not overly detract from the atmosphere of the book to begin with. After about 15 minutes into the film, though, I just gave up watching completely and tried to pay as little attention to the screen as possible since I was in serious danger of having my memories of the story irrevocably tainted by the film version.
    The movie bears almost no resemblance to the book in all but the broad details (names, places, base timeline etc). the Tucks' characters have been altered, especially Miles', numerous events and scenes have been added primarily it seems for the sake of drama, lines are hacked about (either spoken by other characters, omitted or altered) and, as has been picked up on in other reviews, we have a classic Disney romance rammed home to us. All of this seriously ruins the mood and feel of the original story and as a result I would recommend that you do not watch this film if you greatly enjoyed the book version or at least if you do then consider yourself forewarned of the possible effects on your memories of the tale.
    I recognise that I am probably not objective and haven't really assessed the film on its own merits, there's nothing I can do about that, I can't stop myself comparing it (unfavourably)to the book. I will add, for those who are not worried about the book that my family, who had not read the story, thoroughly enjoyed the film so it clearly can stand on its own. If you can dissasociate it from the book in your own mind then you could probably add another star and a half to the score I have given it. Sorry I can't be more specific about the film itself but as I said I only really watched the first few minutes and then caught snippets of the rest (enough I might add, to convince me I did not want to see the whole thing).
    So in summary I was seriously dissapointed and I imagine that most fans of the book would be as well. For anyone else I can only recommend strongly that you try and get a copy of the book to read. The film really cannot compare....more info
  • Good adaption and overall movie
    I read Tuck Everlasting when I was in sixth grade and enjoyed it a lot. It was a pleasant surprise that the movie is just as pleasant. It retains the feeling the book gives you--that of having a sleepy conversation on a hot summer day. Of course for the movie to sell more tickets they made it into a romance. For those who haven't read the book, Winnie was actually 10 and just had a crush on Jesse, there was no relationship. However the romance did make the story go on well. I think the choices of cast members was excellent, except Alexis Bledel. She did a fairly good job in the role with what she had, but I just think that they should have picked someone different who could have fit into the role better. I also thought she looked too old--even to play a 15 yr old! Jesse Tuck was also much better looking than I pictured him in the book! Except for the romance they also stay very true to the story, which is refreshing. ...more info
  • THIS MOVIE IS FANTASTIC!!! EXCELLENT!!
    HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE TUCK EVERLASTING? WE READ THE BOOK IN MY CLASS AND THEN WE SAW THE MOVIE WHEN IT WAS IN THEATERS! I CRY EVERY TIME I SEE IT!!! IT IS SUCH A ROMANTIC AND FUN STORY!! THE CRITICS WHO RATED SHOULD DEFINATELY FIND ANOTHER JOB BECAUSE BEING A CRITIC IS NOT THEIR CHOSEN CAREER! GO SEE THIS MOVIE!! BUY IT BECAUSE YOU WILL WANT TO SEE IT OVER AND OVER!!!
    AND JONATHAN JACKSON IS EXTREMELY CUTE!!...more info
  • My favorite movie from the latest century
    I had to laugh the guy who placed the review on this site, claiming that "Tuck Everlasting" is a boring movie that put him to sleep. Following the link to see the rest of his reviews, he has given "Jackass" a four-star rating and "The Hot Chick" five stars. Guess some people find any movie that takes some gray-matter to be a little to slow for their taste!

    This is a wonderful movie. It is actually too bad that it is being marketed incorrectly. This is not just a children's movie, but a first class film through and through. Ben Kingsley, Alexis Bledel, William Hurt and Sissy Spacek shine. Ms. Bledel may prove to be one of the finest actresses of our current time if she keeps it up.

    One of the first things that struck me about this movie was that it didn't appear to be a product of its time. There is no vile language, no potty humor, and the story actually makes the viewer contemplate whether they, themselves, would want to be immortal.

    The DVD transfer is beautiful, quite a change from most Disney DVD's. The extras are rather limited, but who cares. This is a great movie, and can stand on its own....more info
  • Almost a Perfect Movie
    I think Tuck Everlasting is a good movie. It is a serious movie and a bit dramatic and exciting. I like how Winnie is older in the movie so it is more of a relationship between Jesse and her. My favorite part is the jail break. The music and the thunder make it very exciting. it is exiting but it is very serious. It ain't funny so I don't think it's a great movie. so if you like serious movies, you should get it. ...more info
  • Tuck Everlasting
    I like the movie Tuck Everlasting way better than the book. The book is kind of plain , it just keeps flowing and nothing really exciting happens. To me I think the movie is a bit more humerous and exciting than the book. The movie has extra scenes like when Jesse and Winnie ran in the fields, and when they went swimming. There was some major changes in the movie compared to the book, Winnie was older about 15 and Jesse was 17 and they fell in love. It makes it more romantic. My favourite part about the movie was the jail break because it is different and more exciting than the book. Usually people think the book is better than the movie, but I think the movie is better than the book....more info
  • Boring
    Family films have to be able to hold the attention of both young children and grown adults; Tuck Everlasting put me to sleep three times. The movie tries to feed off the enchanting idea of being able to live forever and remain forever young. Unfortunately Disney could not pull off the magic touch on this slacker.

    Almost the entire movie takes place in the woods, and while there was some great cinematography, there were almost no scenery changes. Most of this movie tried to be a period piece and hanging out in the woods all day long is a cheesy way to skip out on a budget. Disney has more than enough money to invest into something that could have been truly fantastic but instead produced a disappointment.

    Young teenagers might find the love story half way romantic and some people might get caught up in the forest bit, but I had difficulties staying awake and would not recommend this to anyone.
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  • Tuck Everlasting
    What appealed to me the most was the doomed love between the two main characters Winnie fell in love with a boy who kidnapped her. His name was Jesse Tuck and I have to admit he was a good looking boy. He had nice long hair but not to long. A few people were holding Winnie and Jesse's love apart. Miles Tuck was holding their love apart because he lost his beloved wife and 2 children and he was very jealous. It was very emotional when the constable stole Winnie away from Jesse, it gave me a tear. I thought Winnie and Jesse were wonderful actors. I would watch that movie over and over and I would love it every time I watched that movie. If you like mysterious and romantic movies this is the movie you really need to watch. ...more info
  • Tuck Everlasting
    Great movie very entertaining and charming. wonderful love story highly recommend it...more info
  • Just Beautiful!
    This is a wonderful story. THe production, casting, everything about this is absolutely perfect. There is nothing that could have been done to make this better. A good family film, teaching an important value, I highly recommend this film.
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  • sweetest movie ever!!
    i loooove this movie! great for all ages. both sad and sweet. this movie is really great....more info
  • a truth about life
    I have not yet read the book (the movie does make me wish to do so), so I won't be offering any comparisons. That said, I think this is a fine story. I find no fault with the plot. (Except... I do wonder what would happen when that water evaporates, and what about if and when the world does come to an end...?) There is a real philosophical and psychological question, about something that touches us all, at the heart of this movie: Would you really want to live forever? The story makes you face that question and reveals some truths about the reality of immortality in the wordly sense, without forcing the lessons down your throat. It is a lovely film, with beautiful natural scenery, stirring music and some of the best acting ever. I imagine the story will be too much for the sensibilities of some, but it is worth viewing for those who have the courage to consider what life would be without death. (The filmmakers' commentary adds to your appreciation of the art in this movie.)...more info
  • Disney corrupts. Absolute Disney corrupts absolutely.
    Tuck Everlasting (Jay Russell, 2002)

    Another watered-down Disney novel adaptation that had already been done better before (Frederick King Keller helmed the book's first movie adaptation back in 1981). Despite having a who's-who-in-Hollywood cast, Lieber and Hart's braindead screenplay renders this, at best, an ineffective shadow of Natalie Babbitt's classic young adult novel. (Perhaps this isn't surprising; Lieber was responsible for the screenplays for Jay Lowi's execrable Tangled, while one of Hart's recent screen credits was for Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.)

    In case you somehow never got round to reading the book, a quick synopsis: the Tucks-- father Angus (William Hurt), mother Mae (Sissy Spacek), and sons Jesse and Miles (Jonathan Jackson and Scott Bairstow, respectively)-- live in a wood owned by the Foster clan, whose daughter Winnie (Alexis Bledel) is chafing under the ministrations of her oversheltering mother (Amy Irving). After Winnie sneaks off for some alone time, she stumbles upon Jesse at a spring, and, of course, romance must bloom. Complicating things in the Man in the Yellow Suit (Ben Kingsley), who has been searching for the Tucks for quite a while. Because, you see, the Tucks are immortal, thanks to that very spring. Winnie must choose between drinking from the spring, becoming immortal herself, and staying with Jesse, or separating from him and leading a normal life.

    Disney being Disney, the romance between Winnie and Jesse and the action scenes featuring the Man in the Yellow Suit (I wish he'd finally get a name somewhere, to make reviews easier to write) are brought to the forefront, and the more cerebral portions of the novel-- whose central thesis is, of course, whether someone would want to live forever-- is shoved into a dark corner and brought out only when the screenwriters wanted to give a nod to the original novel. The result is one of the more boring action movies, or one of the least romantic romances, depending on how you want to look at it, I've run across this year. Do yourself a favor and rent the first version instead; or, better yet, just read the novel again. **
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  • A New Flavour of Icecream!
    If you like to have tears in your eyes and your heart pounding. Then Tuck everlasting is the movie for you.
    There are really exciting parts like the escape of Mae and Tuck. It uses dark shadows and thrilling music to make it suspenseful. The director also uses fog and a new scene where they show the man in the yellow suit is following them that makes it frightening and makes you want to keep watching.
    But, there is sorrow so you can't keep from wiping a tear off that's running down your cheek. Winnie and Jesse are in love but, they can't be together because Winnie wants to live life. As Tuck said, "Don't be afraid to die only of the unlived life." And I say you haven't lived until you've watched Tuck Everlasting.

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  • THe Best Book I've Ever Read!!!
    We just finished the book in class and then watched the movie. It was the best movie I have seen!!! There's a lot of romantic parts but those parts are pretty good too. Jesse is so cute!! A must see!...more info
  • Not Good Enough
    I enjoyed the book so much, that when i saw a teaser poster for this movie, i was overjoyed! I convinced my sister to go see this movie with me in the theater. I'm sorry to say, i think we wasted our hard earned money.

    While the book is charming, and down to earth, the movie has somehow tried to envoke some ethereal quality to this movie. While this alone wouldn't have hindered the story, they turned the events of the book upside down. The disney head honchos must have decided that it would be better if Winnie was older, so they turned the 12 year old of the book to a 16 year old ready for romance.

    Alexis Bledel certainly looked the part, but i would have expected more from her. She played a stiff character, and i only believed parts of her performance. While Sissy Spacek did an admirable job, still there was something lacking, some homey appeal that hooked me on the book.

    Jonanthan Jackson is passable, but he, like Alexis, is unbelievable as Jesse Tuck.

    Now my most dissapointing moment. Ben Kingsley as The Man in the Yellow suit. I expected so much! He probably played just what the director told him, but instead of the mysterious intruige of the book, there is a sinister feeling of hatred in all of his scenes.

    An average movie, i suppose. It has its moments, flashes of intelligence on the directors part, but this movie is nowhere in the ballpark of the book. Rent this movie once, but don't buy it. Buy the book....more info

  • Tuck Everlasting
    Tuck everlasting is very serious. Miles was more serious in the movie then in the book. The movie felt shorter then the book. The movie didn't have as much detail in it. The movie was more romantic then the book. Like when Jesse and Winnie running in the field and when Jesse convinced Winnie to come swimming when Jesse got Winnie climbing his Eiffel tower. There is more action then the book. In the book tuck is the one that is more serious.

    There are a lot of cool colors and cool sound effect's. I liked it when there was fog and there was a train and Jesse and miles was running from the man in the yellow suit. Some part's like when Jesse and miles are dressed up and Winnie saved Mae and tuck and then there was part's that dragged like when the grandmother die's. It's a good move so go and watch it.
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  • GREAT, WHOLESOME, REFRESHING MOVIE!
    I absolutely loved this movie! I was so thrilled to be able to watch this movie without worrying what my 9-year-old daughter might hear or see. This movie was so well done and so well acted that I would give it 10 stars if it was possible. I used to be a General Hospital fan, so I've watched Jonathan Jackson grow up to be a very fine and respectable actor. I bought this video for my best friend's 12-year-old daughter and she's been watching it about 3 times a day every day!

    My daughter, like I said earlier, is only 9 but she did absolutely love the part when Jesse and his brother pretended to be like the grim reaper. It was probably the funniest part of the movie. I figure in a couple of years my daughter, too, will love and appreciate the movie.

    I highly recommend this movie whether you are 12 or 112. It is just so good!...more info

  • Good film for young women
    I am 31 and enjoyed this film, but I would have loved it when I was 13. This is a great movie for females of all ages, but would probably especially touch 11-14 year old girls.

    Reasons I liked it:

    1. Great romance story (with only hand-holding and a sweet kiss)
    2. Good acting, no crazy over-the-top acting or characters (I hate when they throw in that zany character in so many films for 'comic relief'!)
    3. Beautiful film to watch, great landscapes, very crisp, bright, and green with nature
    4. Hardly any violence to speak of (I like tons of movies with violence, but must every movie, both adult and family, like even Disney animation, have violence? We could use more movies without it.)
    5. Great looking actors, especially the guy in the romantic lead-- he alone would have made this a favorite movie when I was younger!

    Some frustrations with the film would be the Tuck dad making it sound like you're not really living if your life is everlasting, that they're 'rocks' and people should live life. They seemed like they were pretty darn happy together (the wife seem to yearn for more people in her life, but at least had a great marriage and children), and the boys came and went on various adventures. The Tucks seemed living enough to me! I'm trying to tell myself that that speech was him only trying to discourage her from becoming everlasting herself, since it would be a challenge to have her join them (her family rich and forever searching, and just taking her away from her family, etc.). I would have liked these issues explored better because I'm not convinced by what he said, if he really meant it.

    Also, I believe the beginning said that the mom met the boys in town every ten years-- ten years? I hope I heard wrong, because I don't care how long you live, you'd think loved ones would get together far more often than that.

    And, finally, where did the boys get the money to travel to Paris and such? Where did the parents get their food and clothes, since no one in town knew them, and with what money?

    I never read the book, so I'm not sure if these points are in the book, but whether they are or aren't, the movie should stand alone and add some of these details, whether in the book or not, to mesh out the story, even if it was in brief conversation with the girl and boy.

    But I did enjoy the movie enough to want to purchase it (I rented it) and hope when my daughter is older that she'll love it.






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