Taglines: We Could All Use a Little Kindness
Cynical journalist Tom Junod gets a task that he really dislikes – write about the famous TV presenter of the popular children’s show and the real American television star Fred Rogers. This is a surprisingly sincere, good-natured and cheerful person, but the reporter considers these qualities only as a mask, and the program itself seems insignificant to him. Therefore, the reportage that comes out of his pen is distinguished by a sharp tone, where the author’s contemptuous attitude towards the object and his merits is clearly visible between the lines.
However, the editor sends the article for revision, expressing dissatisfaction with the blurry surface narration and the complete absence of facts. An annoyed paparazzi decides to make a surprise visit to Rogers, anticipating in advance the exposure of various disgusting secrets of the pet of all the children.
His hopes were not destined to come true – for the first time in his life, a cynic and an egoist opposed to prominent personalities took great pleasure in talking with a very interesting interlocutor, he was able to forget about his own internal demons and years of developed cliches in order to let in the heart an unselfish friendship, in the existence of which always doubted.
Director: Marielle Heller,
Writer: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster,
StarCast: Carmen Cusack, Chris Cooper, Christine Lahti, Enrico Colantoni, Maryann Plunkett, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tammy Blanchard, Tom Hanks, Wendy Makkena,
Producer: Marc Turtletaub, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster,
Production House: Big Beach Films, Tencent Pictures, TriStar Pictures
Original network / Official Sites:Columbia Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Releasing, Starz!
Release Year: 22 November 2019 (USA)
Runtime: 109 min
Genres: Biography, Drama,
Country: USA, China
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Marielle Heller and written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, inspired by the 1998 article “Can You Say… Hero?” by Tom Junod, published in Esquire. The film stars Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper. It depicts Lloyd Vogel, a troubled journalist for Esquire who is assigned to profile television icon Fred Rogers.
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 (Emmy® winner Matthew Rhys, 2018 Best Actor in a Drama Series, The Americans) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.