Won't You Be My Neighbor? (film)

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Won't You Be My Neighbor?.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMorgan Neville
Produced by
  • Morgan Neville
  • Caryn Capotosto
  • Nicholas Ma
Starring
Music byJonathan Kirkscey
CinematographyGraham Willoughby
Edited by
  • Jeff Malmberg
  • Aaron Wickenden
Production
company
Tremolo Productions
Distributed byFocus Features
Release date
  • January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19) (Sundance)
  • June 8, 2018 (2018-06-08) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$22.6 million[1]

Won't You Be My Neighbor? is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Morgan Neville about the life and guiding philosophy of Fred Rogers, the host and creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The trailer for the film debuted on what would have been Rogers' 90th birthday, March 20, 2018.[2][3]

The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the United States on June 8, 2018. It received acclaim from critics and audiences and has grossed $22 million, making it the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time.

It was nominated for numerous awards, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, and was chosen by Time magazine as one of its top ten films of 2018.[4]

Premise[edit]

Filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the well-liked host of the popular children's television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Appearances[edit]

Release[edit]

Won't You Be My Neighbor? was shown at many film festivals including on January 19, 2018, at the Sundance Film Festival, February 24, 2018, at the Boulder International Film Festival, March 2, 2018, at the True/False Film Festival, March 16, 2018, at the Miami Film Festival, and May 5, 2018, at the Montclair Film Festival. It had a limited release in US theaters on June 15, 2018.[5]

In November 2018, Morgan revealed that the original title of the film was The Radical Mister Rogers, but after the election of Donald Trump, the term "radical" had a negative connotation according to Morgan.[6]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Won't You Be My Neighbor? made $475,419 from 29 theaters in its first weekend, and $1 million from 96 theaters in its second.[7] Expanding to 348 theaters the following week, it grossed $1.9 million, finishing tenth at the box office.[8] It was added to an additional 306 theaters in its fourth weekend (for a total of 654) and made $2.5 million, again finishing 10th.[9] It made $2.6 million the following weekend, becoming the highest-grossing documentary of 2018 in the process with $12.4 million.[10]

On July 27, the film became the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all-time, and on August 12 passed Bowling for Columbine to become the 21st-highest-grossing documentary overall.[11][12]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 99% based on 200 reviews, and an average rating of 8.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads "Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes a fittingly patient and honest look at the life and legacy of a television pioneer whose work has enriched generations."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 85 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[14]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Golden Trailer Awards May 31, 2018 Best Documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? Won [15]
Critics' Choice Documentary Awards November 10, 2018 Best Director Morgan Neville Won [16]
Best Documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? Won
Best Editing Jeff Malmberg and Aaron Wickenden Won
Most Innovative Documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 14, 2018 Original Score – Documentary Jonathan Kirkscey Nominated [17]
Gotham Awards November 26, 2018 Audience Award Won't You Be My Neighbor? Won [18][19][20]
Best Documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? Nominated
IDA Documentary Awards December 8, 2018 Best Feature Won't You Be My Neighbor? Nominated [21]
National Board of Review January 8, 2019 Top 5 Documentaries Won't You Be My Neighbor? Won [22]
Cinema Eye Honors January 10, 2019 Audience Choice Prize Won't You Be My Neighbor? Pending [23]
Outstanding Achievement in Editing Jeff Malmberg and Aaron Wickenden Pending
Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation Ariel Costa and Rodrigo Miguel Rangel Pending
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking Won't You Be My Neighbor? Pending
Producers Guild of America Awards January 19, 2019 Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures Won't You Be My Neighbor? Pending [24]
Satellite Awards February 17, 2019 Best Documentary Film Won't You Be My Neighbor? Pending [25]
Independent Spirit Awards February 23, 2019 Best Documentary Feature Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma Pending [26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Evans, Greg (March 20, 2018). "'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Trailer: Mister Rogers Reveals Guiding Force". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Rothman, Michael (March 21, 2018). "'Won't You Be My Neighbor' trailer reveals 'radical' Mister Rogers". Good Morning America. ABC News. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (November 15, 2018). "The Top 10 Movies of 2018". Time. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Mendelson, Scott (June 16, 2018). "Friday Box Office: 'Ocean's 8' Drops 62%, 'Hereditary' and 'Solo' Hold". Forbes. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Director Changed Doc Title After Trump's Election". The Hollywood Reporter. November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 17, 2018). "'Incredibles 2' Even Stronger as Pixar Pic Soars to Amazing $181M – Early Sunday Update". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  8. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 24, 2018). "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' With $150M Reps Uni's 2nd Highest Opening Ever – Sunday". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 1, 2018). "At $2.5B to Date, Summer's B.O. Is More Colossal Than Ever Imagined; Dinos Still Rule with $60M+ Second Weekend". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 8, 2018). "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Shrinks a Tick to $76M+ Opening, but Still 34% Bigger Than Original – Early Sunday Read". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  11. ^ McClintock, Pamela (July 27, 2018). "Box-Office Milestone: 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Becomes Top-Grossing Biodoc". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 12, 2018). "August Audiences Get Hooked On 'Meg' Shelling Out $44.5M". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Won't You Be My Neighbor? Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "BEST DOCUMENTARY (GTA19/2018)". Golden Trailer Awards. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Lewis, Hilary (November 10, 2018). "Mr. Rogers Film 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Tops Critics' Choice Documentary Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  17. ^ Xu, Linda (November 15, 2018). "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  18. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (November 26, 2018). "Gotham Awards: A24 Sweeps With Five Wins, Including 'First Reformed,' 'Eighth Grade' (Full Winners List)". Variety. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  19. ^ Sharf, Zach (October 18, 2018). "2018 Gotham Awards Nominations: 'The Favourite' and 'First Reformed' Lead the Pack". IndieWire. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  20. ^ Mandinach, Zach (October 18, 2018). "Nominations Announced for the 28th Annual IFP Gotham Awards". Independent Filmmaker Project. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  21. ^ Lewis, Hilary (October 24, 2018). "IDA Documentary Awards: Mister Rogers Doc 'Won't You Be My Neighbor' Among Best Feature Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  22. ^ Lewis, Hilary (November 27, 2018). "'Green Book' Named Best Film by National Board of Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  23. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (November 8, 2018). "Hulu's 'Minding the Gap' Ties Cinema Eye Honors All-Time Nominations Record". Variety. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  24. ^ McNary, Dave (November 20, 2018). "'Won't You Be My Neighbor,' 'RBG' Nab Producers Guild Documentary Nominations". Variety. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  25. ^ "2018 Awards Nominees". International Press Academy. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  26. ^ Erbland, Kate (November 16, 2018). "2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees: 'Eighth Grade' & 'We the Animals' Lead". IndieWire. Retrieved November 16, 2018.

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