Director: Mark Webb.
Starring: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan.
USA 2017. 101 mins.
Frank Adler (Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn (Duncan), whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Family is pitted against family as a custody battle ensues, and as the pair debate what is best for Mary, the truth about her mother begins to emerge. From the director of (500) Days Of Summer, Gifted is a moving story about choices, compassion and family, all underscored by a wicked sense of humour. As Mary, McKenna Grace is a revelation – sparky, spirited, full of character and with perfect comic timing, she’s definitely one to watch.