Summary: Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.
Starring: Carmen Cusack, Chris Cooper, Christine Lahti, Crystal Lonneberg, Enrico Colantoni, Kevin L. Johnson, Maddie Corman, Maryann Plunkett, Matthew Rhys, Noah Harpster, Rebecca Watson, Sakina Jaffrey, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tammy Blanchard, Tom Hanks, Wendy Makkena
Director: Marielle Heller
Genre(s): Biography, Drama
Runtime: 109 min
This film provides a phenomenal look into what it truly means to be emotionally vulnerable and empathetic, and how that vulnerability and empathy benefits your life, the lives of those around you, and all of society. These emotional practices do not come easy, though, and this film acknowledges that as well. Many viewers may have expected this to be more of a biopic, when really this movie focuses more on Lloyd Vogel (based on Tom Junod) and how his life was impacted by Fred Rogers. It isn’t just a two dimensional look into a story. It will leave you thinking inwardly and about those you care about.