Matilda (1996)

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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. (IMDb)

The narrative here is pure, kid-minded, free-spirited fun: A cute children vs. adults motif (“I’m big, you’re small”) is filled out by a few hilariously exaggerated antagonists (see DeVito [puzzlingly also the amiable narrator] as the brash book-hating dad, Ferris as the child-throwing principal), an adorable protagonist with great gifts of genius and magic to live vicariously through, and many satisfying moments of child rebellion (see the ridiculous but tear-jerking chocolate cake triumph).

6.8/10

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