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Mr. Rice's Secret

Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)

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Owen Walters (Bill Switzer) is a terminally ill 12-year-old boy. He and some of his friends, who are also sick, deal with the typical preteen realities of life -- bullies, parents, and sports -- but their lives are haunted by their apparent short life expectancies. Owen has developed a special bond with his somewhat eccentric next-door neighbor, Mr. Rice (David Bowie), who opens Owen's mind to ideas of philosophy. Sadly, Mr. Rice dies. But Owen discovers that Mr. Rice, in the days before his

Sep 25, 2001

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The characters are stereotypes. Owen's world includes a loving mother, a stern but well-meaning father, a fat bully and a skinny weakling.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Comment (1)

This is a well-constructed film with real substance.

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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The filmmakers have created a movie which is didactic, yet not condescending, and inspirational without being corny.

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film benefits from several strong performances, especially by the young, largely unknown, cast.

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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