Won't You Be My Neighbor

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Okay, y'all. If everyone went to see Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the world would be a better place. If you missed it in a theater, watch it as soon as possible. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll think. Things we all need to do more often.

I was twelve when Mister Rogers' Neighborhood began--too old for the show, or so I thought. However, I watched many episodes of it when I babysat. I didn't fully appreciate the depth of Fred Rogers until I took a play therapy class from Dr. Garry Landreth at the University of North Texas when I was getting my master’s in school counseling. He pointed out the wobbly sets, the puppets with immovable mouths, the way Fred Rogers didn't bother to hide the fact that his lips moved when the puppets talked, the shaky trolley, and the use of silence. He said those things allowed children to be in on the joke and to feel in control. Yet the show was never as simple as it seemed. Fred Rogers spoke about assassination, war, racial tension, death, violence, fear, anger, and other topics avoided in children's programming. We need another Mister Rogers to come along and help us deal with the world today.

Ten hearts out of ten. A perfect movie.