Twelve-year-old Milton Adams feels his world is in crisis. With his parents stressing about their careers and finances and the neighborhood bully tormenting him, he is constantly anxious. But when Milton’s optimistic grandpa (Donald Sutherland) comes to visit, he learns the secret to finding true happiness from a man who has seen the world and who has committed to living life in the “now.”
“Milton’s Secret” is a film about a grandfather’s sound advice to his grandson to remember the importance of forgiveness. This movie features excellent acting, particularly that of Donald Sutherland as Milton’s grandfather and William Ainscough as Milton. A scene of forgiveness near the end of the film, of a father and husband, is touching and nicely done.
Carter’s father bullied him, so Carter takes his aggression out on Milton. Additionally, Milton has to deal with his workaholic father, his mother who constantly worries over money, and the tension he feels in his home.
Milton and Carter do reach an understanding by the film’s conclusion, and Milton helps Carter with a speech. We wish to make note that the film includes a scene of underage drinking and a few scenes of boys being disrespectful, but the theme of forgiveness is presented well. We are awarding this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and older.