The Great Gilly Hopkins

1 h 28 min2016PG
Troublemaker Gilly Hopkins has been shuffled from one foster home to another. When she arrives at Maime Trotter’s, she plans to escape and reunite with her birth mother, unintentionally ruining her only chance to be part of a real family.
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Glenn CloseOctavia SpencerJulia Stiles
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Sophie NélisseKathy BatesBill CobbsClare Foley
Brian KennedyDavid PatersonJohn PatersonWilliam Teitler
Lions Gate Films, Inc.
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Austin David LillyReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2021
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16 God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through him. John 3:16,17 NIRV

18 Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because [b]he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him]. John 3:18 Amplified Bible

15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15 Amplified Bible
Revelation 20:15 Since everyone who goes before the great white throne is to be tried and sentenced for his deeds, and no one is sinless, the only way to escape condemnation and the “lake of fire” is to have one’s name in the “Book of Life” through authentic faith in Jesus as Lord (see Ps 69:28; Phil 4:3; Rev 3:5). Amplified Bible Study Notes

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lastremnantReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfectly cast, well acted adaptation of the book
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The Great Gilly Hopkins is a nice adaptation of the book by Katherine Paterson. It's well-cast. For those who haven't read the book, this is a good family movie. A nice choice if you are searching for something to watch with your family on a rainy night. It tugs at the heartstrings. A drama with lots of comedy to it as well. Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief) shows that she can once again lead a movie and capture a character's core emotions. Kathy Bates is perfectly cast in her role as Trotter, the kindly sugary sweet foster mother to Sophie's "tough" girl, Gilly Hopkins.

The only complaint I have for the movie is that you sort of want MORE. You want to see more of these actors interacting and more scenes of their family's evolvement. Still though, with what they give, you have a nice movie that you won't be disappointed in renting. Give it a watch.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie; read spoilers if you are an adoptive or foster family
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This was actually a pretty good movie. I'm giving it 4 stars because it's a family movie, but it has some "language" which kind of defeats the purpose for a family movie. However, my kids aren't saints, and so we still watched it together and enjoyed it. A few of my kids are adopted, so it kind of hit home. The movie tries to tackle some issues of foster care and adoption, and does a pretty good job, but be aware that it does have a specific message. Read on, if you have adopted or foster kids. This is a review of the movie, not the book.

SPOILERS: In this story, Gilly is a foster kid who has really been bounced around. She has a bad attitude, and has gotten kicked out of a lot of places in the past. The movie starts when she goes to live with a foster Mom who is quirky, but wonderful. As the story progresses, for the first time in her life, Gilly finally feels like she is part of a "family." Gilly makes some serious mistakes, but she really loves her newfound "family."

But then Gilly's wealthy biological Grandmother discovers her existence, and gains custody of Gilly. This is really heart-wrenching, and part of you (as a viewer) wants the bio Grandma to be a jerk, so Gilly can go back to live with the sweet, loving foster mom. But that's not what happens. The bio Grandma is still a decent person, and although she's not as "warm and fuzzy" as the foster Mom, she still loves Gilly. Gilly's bio Grandma tries to re-introduce Gilly's bio Mom, and that is a complete disaster, and Gilly realizes that her bio Mom is very selfish, but that her Grandma is trying really hard.

In the end, the "moral" of the story is that Gilly needed to stay with her bio Grandma: basically, biology trumps. But it muddies the waters quite a bit, as it then depicts Gilly and her bio Grandma forging an "open" relationship with the former foster family--an outcome that is unrealistic in many instances. So the story sort of comes across as a nice fantasy. In any case, adoptive/foster families should be aware that the movie has a slant toward reunification, and it fairly unflinchingly portrays a bio mom who is selfish and incapable of a relationship. Good movie, and it provides things to talk about. Just view with discretion in the event that any of those things are a delicate topic in a household with adopted or foster kids.
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D.R. BennettReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Will the real Gilly Hopkins step forward?
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I found this to be a surprising and wonderful tear-jerker of a family movie. Defensive and toughened by a rough childhood, Gilly Hopkins ends up on the front doorstep of a foster mom (played by Kathy Bates) who is not to be denied. Determined to love Gilly no matter what, this foster mom sets about to break down the barriers to Gilly's heart. A great cast, a moving tale of adolescence, and the importance of family make THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS a film to be added to home video collections. Delightful and touching story.
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Now and thenReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tear jerker. But good ending. Love the actors...quiet movie about a teen in foster care
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Second time watching this film. Watched it years ago. And it holds up. If you are looking for Julia Stiles, she's just a small part. The others are the main focus. I work in child welfare. I think it's pretty accurate regarding the way it starts out. Not sure about the realism for the last third. Maybe. This film needs a part two to see how things play out.
peggyjoReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great story about creating "family relationships" whether biological or otherwise
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I like that the story dealt with a child being in foster care. It helped kids see that life in foster care brings positive and negative consequences. "Family relationships" don't always mean biological ones, and helps people understand that you can create your own family relationships with people who may not be part of your biological family of origin.
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KKC-ORReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Family Film
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So delightful. Kathy Bates is always good, and I loved her in this roll. Sophie Nelisse is Excellent!! Heartwarming story that faces too many young ones today, and very well done. Just the right blend of humor and heartache with a great ending. I’ll watch this one again and again in my collection.
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M. BouldenReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2017
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Everything Katherine Paterson writes moves me. All of the ...
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Everything Katherine Paterson writes moves me. All of the actors in this film were superb and well-cast. Mrs. Paterson herself makes a cameo appearance. I might have missed her, except I went to high school with her son David (who wrote the screen play for this movie, based on her book by the same name). I've just ordered her new book "My Brigadista Year" and can't wait to read it.
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