Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture, Childhood Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 18, 2005 (USA)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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It's not finishing school or a traditional upbringing that causes ten-year-old Opal to learn about the world outside of her own backyard, but rather a particularly awkward-looking mutt named Winn-Dixie. Based on a novel by Kate DiCamillo, Winn-Dixie and Opal not only become privy to the eventful, if eccentric, lives of their neighbors (including a librarian who fought off a bear with nothing but a novel, a blind woman who claims to "see" with her heart, and a sensitive ex-con turned pet store clerk), but Opal herself manages to reconcile some of the depression left over after her mother had abandoned the family seven years earlier.

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depression, dog, friendship, mother, neighbor, neighborhood, pets