Auggie is a smart and funny young boy who knows he isn’t – in his words — “ordinary.” He sounds different. He looks different. And when other kids see him on the playground, they run.
Born with major facial deformities, he has undergone 27 surgeries to improve his vision, hearing and breathing, but even those operations haven’t made him look normal. So he wears an astronaut’s helmet.
He’s also been homeschooled, which means he hasn’t faced the bullying and name-calling that could ensue.
But now that Auggie is old enough to enter middle school, his parents believe it’s time to integrate him into a more public setting – that is, a mainstream school.
Will other children accept him? Can he make friends?
It’s all part of the heart-warming film Wonder (PG), which opens this weekend and is based on the popular children’s novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. It stars Jacob Tremblay as Auggie; Owen Wilson as his father; Julia Roberts as his mom; and Izabela Vidovic as his teenage sister, Via.
Wonder is an emotion-laden comedy-drama that is, well, wonderful. You feel for Auggie, you laugh with Auggie, and by the end, you’re cheering him on. It’s the box-office tonic our divided society needs. I cried … and cried. It’s also one of the best films of 2017.
Here are five things parents should know:
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