The Secret World of Arrietty Movie Review

May I borrow a sugar cube? A tissue?  I doubt you’ll miss the straight pin I found on the floor.

It’s amazing how life goes full circle.  In college, I interned for a wonderful company which promoted box-office films and I would give up sleeping in on weekend mornings to staff children’s movies.  Fast forward, more than a decades later, this company is now extending invitations for me to bring my child to these screenings.

On Saturday morning, I left my sleeping husband and son in bed and slipped off to catch the advance showing of “The Secret World of Arrietty.”

Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. — (C) Disney

“The Secret World of Arrietty” is a sweet and charming little film about little people which will make the largest impact on those with a longer attention span and an eye for beauty.  The animation is phenomenal and I marveled at the attention to detail.  Any girl would give their right arm for a doll house similar the one in the movie.

The movie opens in theaters on February 17, 2012.  Rated G.  Running time:  1 hr. 34 min.

Maybe I can find someone willing to lend me a copy of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers which the screenplay was loosely adapted from.

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Lainie Gutterman - Before giving birth to her son in 2009 and becoming a stay-at-home mom, Lainie was a founding partner of a Public Relations firm. Lainie describes herself as "a natural born publicist who is constantly spreading the word about new products, activities and events." When Lainie is not chasing after her son or they are not watching Nick Jr or reading together, she scrapbooks and writes posts for her blog, "Me, Myself & Baby I" at http://memyselfandbabyi.wordpress.com. Lainie and her family live in New York City, where she sacrifices living space (but not style) to be in the center of it all in "the city that never sleeps." (Fortunately, her toddler is a sound sleeper who doesn't rise until after 9am, on most days.)

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