Mr. Rice's Secret
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Owen Walters (Bill Switzer) is a terminally ill 12-year-old boy. He and some of his friends, who are also sick, deal with the typical preteen realities of life -- bullies, parents, and sports -- but their lives are haunted by their apparent short life expectancies. Owen has developed a special bond with his somewhat eccentric next-door neighbor, Mr. Rice (David Bowie), who opens Owen's mind to ideas of philosophy. Sadly, Mr. Rice dies. But Owen discovers that Mr. Rice, in the days before his death, prepared an elaborate treasure hunt that only Owen, if he uses all the planted clues, can… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The characters are stereotypes. Owen's world includes a loving mother, a stern but well-meaning father, a fat bully and a skinny weakling."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"The film benefits from several strong performances, especially by the young, largely unknown, cast."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"This is a well-constructed film with real substance."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The filmmakers have created a movie which is didactic, yet not condescending, and inspirational without being corny."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
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