Title: Tuck Everlasting
Author: Rated PG
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a young girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from getting older.
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