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Movie Review

Walking Across Egypt

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language and violence

Reviewed by: Polly
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Better than Average
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Drama
Length:
1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release:
1999
Box art for “Walking Across Egypt”

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Mark Hamill, Judge Reinhold, Gail O'Grady | Directed by: Arthur A. Seidelman | Produced by: Heath McLaughlin, Bettina O'Mara | Written by: Paul Tamasy

“Walking Across Egypt” is a wonderful story about an aging woman, Maddie (Ellen Burstyn), who hears her pastor preach on “What you do to the least of these, you do to me” and takes him seriously. She decides to visit a boy, Wesley (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) in a local rehabilitation center for youth, where he resides for stealing a car. He is a foul-mouthed societal reject, abandoned at birth. He eventually takes advantage of the relationship and escapes from the center, lying to Maddie to get her to let him stay with her. While he is there he enjoys her home cooking, her bathtub, learns to fish and swim and steals her money. When the law finally catches up with him, both Maddie and Wesley have some serious thinking to do.

The language is questionable, but so is the character. The movie is wonderful because it doesn’t make Maddie’s Christianity sound flaky or sentimental. She is so real, even when she comes into conflict with her own daughter, who says the Bible is only a book of stories and asks, “Doesn’t it say when to stop?!” Maddie isn’t shaken. She just says, “No!”

This movie isn’t for anyone who is sensitive to language and there are a couple of scenes where the boys fight with knives and discuss killing each other. As far as the story, though, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a while.

Viewer Comments
Comments from young people
Positive—I saw this film when it first came out several months ago and absolutely loved it! Ellen Burnstyn is one of my favorite actresses, and she was as incredible as ever in this film. It was also neat to see Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, they both did great jobs. There is an awful lot of cussing, and a fight scene, but it is part of the story and the rest of the movie more than makes up for it.

This really is a great movie that will make you laugh, cry, and think about how you treat your neighbor. I would tell every mature teenager and older to go rent it.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
—Anna, age 16
Positive—Walking Across Egypt is my absolute favorite movie! It has GREAT moral values and it’s hilarious! In the first part of the movie Wesley swears quite often but Maddie soon puts a stop to that. Whenever there is a serious part or a sad part it is immediately followed by comedy and you can’t help but laugh. It is a wonderful story of redemption and one to see over and over again!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
—Kaley, age 16