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THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR

"A Fable About What Really Matters in Life"

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THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR is a fable on Netflix about a man who learns money isn’t everything. The tale begins with Roald Dahl narrating the life of the avaricious Henry Sugar. Sugar finds a book about a circus performer who claimed to be able to see with his eyes shut. Once Sugar learns this trick, he spends his time at casinos, making himself nearly the richest man on Earth. One day he realizes, “I don’t want to be the richest man on Earth.” He spends the rest of his life instead using the trick to fund hospitals and orphanages across the globe.

Director Wes Anderson adapts his signature style to a simple, straightforward narrative that makes Roald Dahl’s children’s story irresistible to watch. Devoid of objectionable content, THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR is simply an uplifting story, told by a master filmmaker, in a family-friendly manner. There is a vague depiction of Eastern meditation practices, but this scene can be a chance for family discussions about what is the right way to develop oneself spiritually and what is not.

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(BB, FR, A, D, M)

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview rebukes greed and obsession with worldly possessions and/or money and promotes service to others and generous giving of one’s riches, there are vague discussions of Hindu-like meditative practices, but no references to Hindu theology, doctrine or specific rituals

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
No violence

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Casual light drinking

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Narrator references smoking cigarettes;

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Some scenes are set in casinos where gambling occurs.

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THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR is a fable about a man who learns that money isn’t everything.

Written, directed, and produced by Wes Anderson, this Roald Dahl adaptation is a story within a story within a story within yet another story. The tale begins with Roald Dahl himself (Ralph Fiennes) narrating the life of Henry Sugar (Benedict Cumberbatch), an avaricious, wealthy man with no care for anyone except himself.

One day, Henry Sugar comes upon a book in a library written by a former war doctor (Dev Patel) about a strange encounter he had with a circus performer (Ben Kingsley) who claimed to be able to see with his eyes closed. The performer was able to look at the back of a playing card and tell almost instantly which card it was he held. Henry Sugar, believing such a trick could make him even more wealthy than he already is, tracks down the yogi who taught the circus performer how to do the trick.

Once Sugar learns the trick, he spends all his time at casinos, using the trick for his own gain, making himself nearly the richest man on Earth. One day, however, completely unfulfilled by his success, he realizes, “I don’t want to be the richest man on Earth.” He spends the rest of his life instead using the trick to fund hospitals and orphanages across the globe.

The tale of Henry Sugar is certainly a “wonderful story.” Director Wes Anderson adapts his signature style to a simple, straightforward narrative that makes Roald Dahl’s children’s story irresistible to watch. Thirty-seven minutes of four actors speaking directly to the camera as if it were a stage play and not a motion picture are made captivating in a way that only Wes Anderson

could. These four performances, from Fiennes, Cumberbatch, Patel, and Kingsley, are superb, each of them capturing the subtleties of the unique narration style with precision.

THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR is an excellent introduction to Anderson’s work for young viewers. Devoid of sex, violence or coarse language, it’s simply an uplifting story, told by a master filmmaker, in an accessible, family-friendly manner. There is a vague depiction of Eastern meditation practices in one scene, but this scene can be an opportunity for family discussions about what is the right way to develop oneself spiritually and what is not.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.