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PG
2007

Twelve-year-old Jesse "Jess" Aarons is an aspiring artist living in a financially struggling family. Twelve-year-old Leslie Burke has just moved to Lark Creek and is the new girl at Jess's school who has had trouble making friends at school and yet is full of joy and wonder with a vast imagination. She enters a running event which she wins, despite her classmates calling it a "boys-only" race. At first, Jess is quite sour about this and wants nothing to do with Leslie, but Leslie's persistence in meeting him soon pays off, and the two become very close friends. Their friendship starts when Leslie notices that Jess has a notebook full of drawings he has made himself and compliments him on his great artwork. Jess shares his secret love of drawing with Leslie. Together, after getting off at the bus stop by their homes, they venture into the woods, where they swing across a creek on a rope and find an abandoned tree house on the other side. Here, the two friends invent a new world they call Terabithia, and it comes to life through their eyes as they explore together. Reflections of their world abound in Terabithia: in particular, the gigantic ogre bears a face that mysteriously resembles that of feared bully Janice Avery, who even charges younger children "admission" to the ladies' room. Leslie gives Jess an unexpected birthday present, an art kit, and he gives Leslie an adorable puppy, Prince Terrien, in return, much to both of the children's happiness. Leslie thanks Jess by hugging him, revealing her secret affections towards him. Jess is a bright but not too verbal youngster, and his new-found friendship is a critical step in helping him blossom as a young man, also repairing his strained relationships with his overworked mother and aloof, nuts-and-bolts father.

On the next trip to Terabithia later that day, it is noted that the river beneath the rope has begun to swell and there is increasing tension as Leslie and Jess swing across the creek, their feet brushing the water. Indistinct images of foreboding begin to occur to the viewer.

At the end of a particular visit to Terabithia, Jess watches Leslie run back to her house (the same way he would watch his music teacher, Ms. Edmunds) realizing he has fallen in love with her. Early the next morning, Ms. Edmunds, who has noticed Jess's artistic interests, calls to invite him on a field trip to an art museum. He makes an effort to ask his mother's permission; she is half-asleep and doesn't actually say anything, but he is so eager to go that he assumes she has agreed. He has a crush on the beautiful and personable teacher and does not want to share the trip with Leslie; he merely looks at her home as they drive by.

When he returns, his father and mother are worried sick, not knowing where he has been all day. He hears the horrifying news: Leslie had died that morning, trying to swing across the rain-swollen creek. He learns that the rope broke, and Leslie fell in and hit her head on something - possibly a rock - which knocked her unconscious and caused her to drown. Jess is deeply grieved. He and his parents visit the Burke family home to "pay their respects." There, Bill Burke, Leslie's father, tells Jess she loved him and thanks him for being a very good friend to her, since she had trouble making friends at her old school. At school, Scott insults Leslie's death, leading Jess to punch him hard as a result of fighting Scott's monster equivalent at Terabithia.

Jess feels overwhelming guilt for Leslie's death, but his father consoles him to keep their intense friendship alive for her sake. The Burkes soon move out, and when Jess speaks to Bill for the last time, Bill considers giving him the dog, Prince Terrien, which Jess refuses to accept. Jess decides to re-imagine Terabithia and builds a bridge across the river to welcome a new ruler. He invites his sister, May Belle, to enter Terabithia; she is delighted because she was previously denied any opportunity to enter. She and Jess bring back Terabithia in even greater splendor, with Jess as king and his sister as princess.

Bridge to Terabithia is a Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family movie released in 2007. It has a runtime of 96 min.. Critics and viewers have rated it moderate reviews, with an IMDb score of 7.2. It also holds a MetaScore of 74.

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7.2/10
74/100
Director
Gábor Csupó
Stars
Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Bailee Madison, Zooey Deschanel
Also directed by Gabor Csupo
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