As an elementary school teacher, I have the history with the novel the film was based on. In a last two years, many kids chooses Fifth butterfly as optional reading. Class discussions were interesting, everybody took part and I was curious to learn if the film does the book a justice. It was easy to spot that differences in plot are results of cheaper options (army of living dead instead of wild dogs and wolves). Although I missed something that I was hoping to see, and saw something that I would rather left out, the film qualifies itself as a pretty successful rendition. But I must leave a sort of reserve here, my conclusion is that any review based on a standards of grown ups in this case is futile. I easily noticed that children watch this film with completely different eyes than grown ups. They are not that much analytical, they do not look for logic discrepancies, they like nice scenery's but will not complain on any minor flaw. For them film just works or not. If they don't like it, they become nervous, popcorn starts flying around and they are noisy, which wasn't the case here. And I believe this is the same everywhere. That's the reason why so many people disregard the films made for kids, they are just not meant for them. This film stands firm for itself and I can recommend it to all, irrelevant if they read the book or not.