Director Jay Russell (”My Dog Skip”) tells another story of intrepid childhood with his pretty – and pretty saccharine – take on Natalie Babbitt’s 1975 novel. ”Gilmore Girls” star Bledel is Winnie Foster, a sheltered rich girl whose attempt to flee her stiff-upper-lipped parents (Victor Garber and Amy Irving) leads her to a woodsy encounter with the Tuck family, who have lapped up immortality from a gurgling spring. She’s entranced with the idea, especially as it’s embodied in 17-year-old Jesse (Jackson). The lush locations and heavyweight supporting cast (including William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, and Ben Kingsley) almost outweigh the heavy-handed moralizing. Tuck may leave the rainbows-and-unicorns set swooning, but parents will be checking their watches.
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: Alexis Bledel, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bairstow, Victor Garber, William Hurt, Amy Irving, Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek; Director: Jay Russell; Author: Jeffrey Lieber; Release Date Wide: 10/11/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Posted February 28 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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