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Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 January 2008 (USA)
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Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a troubled young girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher.

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Daniel Barnz

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Daniel Barnz
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Huffman ... Hillary Lichten
Patricia Clarkson ... Miss Dodger
Elle Fanning ... Phoebe Lichten
Bill Pullman ... Peter Lichten
Campbell Scott ... Principal Davis
Ian Colletti ... Jamie
Bailee Madison ... Olivia Lichten
Peter Gerety ... Dr. Miles / Humpty Dumpty
Madhur Jaffrey ... Miss Reiter
Maddie Corman ... 1st Teacher / White Rabbit
Max Baker ... 2nd Teacher / King of Hearts
Mackenzie Milone ... Sally
Austin Williams ... Tommy
Teala Dunn ... Jenny
Caitlin Sanchez ... Monica
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Storyline

The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't - or can't - follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, as her brilliant but anguished mother begins to worry for her daughter's health. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Dare to dream your life.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csodaországban See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,535, 15 March 2009

Gross USA:

$73,361
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Silverwood Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eight minutes into this movie (the tag playing scene), Phoebe was first spotted wearing a cream dress with grey turtleneck and hunter green greyish wool stockings, and yet all of a sudden, she wore different wardrobe and the wool stockings were changed to red when the kids were going at her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Lichten: Happy Birthday!
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Connections

References Alice in Wonderland (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake: Scene (Swan Theme)
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
Performed by Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (as CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava))
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
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Flawed, but brave and original
22 October 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

When it's good, it's terrific, including an amazing performance by a very young Elle Fanning as a mentally troubled 8 year old, and good work by Felicity Huffman, and the always wonderful Patricia Clarkson.

On the other hand, the very talented Campbell Scott is reduced to playing a one note joke, and the tone of the film is all over the place; odd quirky comedy one moment, a child contemplating suicide the next.

But the real problems are when the film's Lifetime network roots show through, and suddenly there's that warm, fuzzy, phony feeling that being a kid with severe emotional problems isn't all that bad, and everything will be just fine. It undermines the film's interesting attempts to really get inside a struggling kid's head.

None-the-less, the film gets real points for trying, and about 80% of the time, this is a very good, and very original film.


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