Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nelisse) is on her last chance foster home.  If she messes this up, the social services department will find alternative living arrangements for the difficult Gilly.

Maime Trotter (Kathy Bates) is a foster home veteran who knows the ropes and is very good at taking care of difficult cases such as Gilly and young W.E (Zachary Hernandez).

But Gilly still wants her mom to come and get her and writes a letter that comes back to haunt her a few months later.

In the meantime, Gilly must adjust to life with Trotter and W.E. and Mr. Randolph (Bill Cobbs).  She has to get along in school with her new teacher, Ms. Harris (Octavia Spencer), and rejects all attempts at friendship except for the very persistent, Agnes (Clare Foley).

We learn that Gilly, although unruly and surly, is extremely bright and kindhearted once you get past the hard-edged protective surface.  W.E. helps break down those barriers just by being himself.

Just as Gilly is starting to fit in….that fateful letter comes back to turn her world upside down.

“The Great Gilly Hopkins” is an excellent independent movie with a fantastic cast.

Make sure you have tissues…..

Go to IMDb for more information.


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Posted by Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of ForCarol.com a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010. I am a: Book Review (TracyReaderDad.com), Technology (TechyMike.com), and Movie Review (ForCarol.com) blogger.

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