I appreciated the tenderness and emotion present throughout the feature. Becoming a teenager can be difficult, especially through ever changing family circumstances. This movie is a compelling and thoughtful coming of age tale.
The PG rating was for thematic elements that may be difficult for young children to understand. There was a couple scenes with a Ouija board and a fortune teller, but neither was presented as a valid source of information. The language was clean and images modest.
The best compliment I can give the movie is that it made me want to read the book. Be prepared to talk with your kids about responsibility, growing up, divorce and death of a parent... and of course the true meaning of life.
This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18