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The Mathematical Intelligencer

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 91–92 | Cite as

Gifted by Tom Flynn

NEW YORK: FILMNATION; LOS ANGELES: FOX SEARCHLIGHT, 2015, 101 MINUTES
  • Mary W. Gray
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If you are looking for a “feel good” movie, Gifted is an excellent choice. How can it miss when it features a 7-year-old math prodigy, an ex-philosophy professor boat mechanic, an interfering grandmother, a supportive neighbor, and a one-eyed cat? Frank, played by Chris Evans, previously known for his role in the Captain America films, is the de factoguardian of his niece Mary, played by Mckenna Grace, whom he has homeschooled until he decides that, despite her brilliance, she needs to develop a normal social life. In her first day at the local public school she seems like a creature from another planet, astonished by the lesser beings among whom she finds herself. Her ability to do rapid multiplication, which she attributes to the Trachtenberg system, serves to mark her as the popular conception of a math prodigy, but, after all, the first-grade public school classroom is not a suitable venue for demonstrating her skill with differential equations. It does provide an opening for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American UniversityWashingtonUSA

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