Beat the Heat: MATILDA

Watch Trailer Director: Danny DeVito
Writer(s): Roald Dahl (book) and Nicholas Kazan (screenplay)
Cast: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman and Mara Wilson

In honor of the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl we are dedicating our annual summer Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County fundraiser to the film adaptations of his books! Brought to you by Ohio University, Kids on Campus, and Athens County Children Services.

Based on the book Matilda, by British children’s author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well. Villains from the awful Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), headmistress of her miserable school Crunchem Hall, to her parents and older brother begin to feel her ire. Look for Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in a small part as an FBI agent investigating Matilda’s shady father.

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Running Time: 102 minutes102 MIN
PG Rated

With her sweet-sad face, Mara Wilson is a perfect Matilda.

Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today