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Because Of Winn-Dixie
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Reviewed on 2005-02-20
Received[3]  out of 4 stars
GenreComedy / Drama / Family
This is a gentle and heartwarming story based on Kate DiCamillo's hot award-winning bestseller about a Baptist preacher (Jeff Daniels) and his little girl, Opal (AnnaSophia Robb), who move to a small Florida town to start anew after his wife deserts the family. Amazingly, the movie follows the book very closely.

Opal finds a stray dog in a five and dime store called Winn-Dixie, and hence the strange name she gives her new pet. She adopts this mutt and forms a permanent bond. This loving little girl makes friends with several of the town's outcasts including an ex-alcoholic (Cicely Tyson), a spinster librarian (Eva Marie Saint), and a guitar-playing pet store manager (Dave Matthews) with a prison record.

Director Damien O'Donnell crafts this well-acted, funny, moving story that speaks to people's loneliness and the need to connect. This film is great for kids and adults alike.

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