Guide for Movie Review #21: “The Great Gilly Hopkins

What makes a film like this really worth watching? Even though you might not relate to Gilly’s situation, you can understand how she might feel after being in different foster homes. She feels like she doesn’t belong and all she wants is to be reunited with her birth mother.  This birth mother turns out to be someone who doesn’t really care about her child and refers to Gilly as “the kid”. The foster family seems more real and loving? Do you agree?

How does the director transmit what Gilly is going through? How does she react at the beginning and then at the end?

How are families portrayed in this movie? What is the central message? Would you recommend this movie? Who might enjoy this film and why? ~~LMMolina


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