Children/Child-Types as Mediators/Wise Ones
- the child Anakin is the
savior of the Alliance. (See review
at Hollywood Jesus.)
- The Sixth Sense (1999)
- Cole is able to talk to and for dead people.
- Stir of Echoes (1999)
- The Green Mile (1999)
- John Coffin (J. C.) is 'child-like' following where he
is needed, bring light and life, afraid of the dark, yet bringing
healing to people, judgement to the system, forgiveness to the merciful,
and an awesome experience of gentle love to any who will receive it.
(submitted by Dennis Sylte)
- The Haunting
- the spirits of children calm Nell. (See review
at Hollywood Jesus.)
- Simon Birch (1998)
- Simon Birch fulfilled the role of mediator
by speaking up to authority on issues of justice. I love the scene
in the church when he challenges the pastor on "church
business". Throughout the movie he was an example
of a powerless boy standing up for what was right and pointing others to
goodness and to God. (Judith Snyder)
- The Secret Garden (1993)
- The Children's movie The Secret Garden deals
with the interplay of healing from grief and physical healing and family
system healing. There is also a scene where the children do a
ritual to call back the grieving father of the now healed boy.
(submitted by Bruce Turner)
- What About Bob? (1991)
- While the professional Dr. Marvin cannot relate to his
family nor maintain his personal integrity, the childlike Bob creates
relationships of integrity and serves as the cohesive force in Dr.
- Rain Man (1988)
- The "successful" Charlie Babbit is
emotionally immature and lacks integrity. His "childlike"
autistic brother becomes the mediator of Charlie's redemption and
- The Shining (1980)
- Danny as the one with "the shining".
- The Poseidon Adventure
- The child knows the map of the ship - he has spoken
with the captain.
- Wee Willie Winkie
- "The setting of this movie is 19th
century British-occupied India. Shirley Temple and her widowed mother
(June Lang as Joyce Williams), travel to India to live with
grandfather/father-in-law, Colonel Williams. At first, the British
outpost is an oppressive place, ruled with an iron military fist.
Priscilla is a most curious, precocious child. After a series of
adventures, she wins the hearts of everyone by challenging prejudicial
assumptions of both friends and enemies. Her innocent, yet challenging
questions are instrumental in helping Colonel Williams and Islamic
freedom fighter, Khoda Khan to see the senselessness of violence,
leading to a negotiated peace between the two enemies. Themes: the
peaceful kingdom (Isaiah 11:1-9, especially verse 6), reconciliation
transforming enemies into friends, children and God?s realm (Matthew
18:1-4), courageous love ( I John 4:18). Recommended for family
viewing." (Reviewed by the
Rev. Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson)
Index of Movie Titles
Index of Movie Themes