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The IMDB Description for Gifted: Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

A few comments: The movie is intended to pull heart strings and focuses more on relationships than the mathematical proof  that is part of a subplot. The Navier-Stokes problem mentioned in the movie is one of seven Millennium Prize problems in mathematics. The Clay Mathematics Institute offered a US $1,000,000 prize to the first person providing a solution for each problem. The problem featured deals with equations which govern the flow of fluids such as water and air.

One scene in the movie harkens back to a scene in the children’s classic Matilda, in which the young girl mentally multiplies 379 and 13. Her teacher scratches out the work on paper to confirm her answer.

In a nearly identical scene in Gifted, the teacher reaches for a calculator to check the youngster’s computation. Does this say something about how elementary teachers are prepared now?

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