Gifted is a comedy-drama film adapted from a critically acclaimed book of the same name. The plot follows an intellectually gifted seven-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her maternal uncle and maternal grandmother.
The film is set in a small town in Pinellas, Florida. After her mother's suicide during infancy, Mary, was brought up by her uncle, Frank, and her best friend, a 43-year-old neighbor, Roberta. On her first day at first grade, she shows a remarkable mathematical talent, which impresses her teacher, Bonnie. The principal encourages Frank to send Mary to a private school for gifted children, offering the opportunity of a scholarship. However, Frank turns it down. Based on his family's experiences with similar schools, he fears Mary will not have a chance at a "normal" childhood. It emerges that Mary's mother, Diane, had been a promising mathematician, dedicated to the Navier–Stokes problem (one of the unsolved Millennium Prize Problems) before taking her own life when Mary was six months old. Mary has lived with Frank, a former college professor turned out fixing boats ever since. Evelyn, Frank's estranged mother and Mary's maternal grandmother, wants to send Mary to a special school for such children. Evelyn believes that Mary is a "one-in-a-billion" mathematical prodigy who should be specially tutored in preparation for a life devoted to mathematics, so she argues with him which drags them to court for Mary's custody.
I believe Gifted is relevant to young adult audiences because it explores profounder issues, maybe emotionally hard to watch. It raises highly sensitive issues. That's why if someone falls deep into the movie, they'll shed tears and burst with laughter. Due to the fact that it is a really thought-provoking film, it is not considered suitable for younger ages.
I highly recommend this film because it really resonated with me and I suppose that it will do the same to you too. I hope you enjoy the movie!