The film surrounds Evan, aka August Rush, an 11-year-old boy living in foster care, who wishes to find his parents again. He even claims that he can hear them through nature's music. Before he was born, his parents, a cellist named Lyla (Keri Russell) and an Irish guitarist named Louis (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), met at a party, and after spending one night together, were forced to go their separate ways. They didn't know it then, but that one night would change their lives forever.
Soon after, Lyla learned she was pregnant, but after an accident, was told that she had lost the baby. Little did she know, the baby lived and would someday fight his way to find her again.
After being mistreated and used for his musical talent by a street person named Wizard (Robin Williams), Evan finds himself at Juilliard and everything changes. His experience at the school is what eventually shows him the way to his family.
Be prepared to cry through the entire movie. It is hard to imagine how this boy, who was forced to grow up in foster care, manages to hold so much hope and love in his heart. It pulls at the heart strings for sure, and each time I watch it I think about adopting as many kids as I can.
As a daughter of a man who was adopted at the age of one, I sympathize with children in foster care who live their lives hoping for a forever family. I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the giving grandparents that I have. This movie just adds to the fact that adoption is a great way to help the world. Why have a baby when there are so many babies already out there, with no home?
Help one, then have one, or vice versa. That's my motto.
Submitted by: Krystal Kaufman
More On 'August Rush':
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Directed by: Kirsten Sheridan
You Might Enjoy It If You Like: 'Simon BIrch,' 'Matilda'
Where You Can Get It: Buy It Here | Rent It Here
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