Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1998. Miramax, Woods Entertainment. Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan. Cinematography by Adam Holender. Produced by Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods. Music by Edmund Choi, Shok. Production Design by P. Michael Johnston. Costume Design by Bridget Kelly. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.
M. Night Shyamalan preceded his mega-successful thriller The Sixth Sense with this tender little tale about a precocious young school boy who cannot get over the loss of his beloved grandfather (Robert Loggia). He decides he wants to take a challenge up with God and try and first get a sign from Him and then maybe find out information of his grandpa’s whereabouts and situation. Rosie O’Donnell shines as a concerned nun at the Catholic school the boy attends who doesn’t want to hinder the boy’s free spirit but also wants to make sure he doesn’t get himself into serious trouble. The film’s best asset is that it shows young kids discussing very mature situations; the downside is that Shyamalan adds an unnecessary spiritual element in the film’s conclusion that renders the whole process of the boy’s journey of self-discovery pointless.