A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Marielle Heller (2019)

108min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Tom Hanks channels the spirit of Fred Rogers, America's most beloved, be-cardiganed children's TV host in director Marielle Heller's delightfully deep drama. After directing the bitterly funny fictional biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Heller brings us an unexpected story of a genuinely good man who made his living by being himself on TV. Based on a 1990s Esquire article, the film follows journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) as he is sent by his editor to interview Rogers in a last ditch effort to bring the troubled journalist back from the emotional brink. Initially outraged at this apparent demotion, Vogel is soon reaching for Rogers's help after opening up about his toxic relationship with his father (Chris Cooper). On the heels of a popular documentary about the TV host, Heller has opted for an endearing introduction to a man not everyone grew up with but who was essentially America's oasis of televisual calm. Sporting sneakers and button-down knitwear, Hanks brings Rogers alive with a light, careful air, only hinting at his Presbyterian background. Don't be afraid to tune in: you may actually learn a thing or two about emotional intelligence. And it won't hurt.

Cast & Crew

Fred Rogers Tom Hanks
Lloyd Vogel Matthew Rhys
Andrea Susan Kelechi Watson
Jerry Chris Cooper
Ellen Christine Lahti
Joanne Maryann Plunkett
Bill Isler Enrico Colantoni
Dorothy Wendy Makkena
Director Marielle Heller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Pictures Corporation LtdReleased on: 31 Jan 2020