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Why "The Secret Garden" Is One Of The Most Depressing Kids' Movies

This is really a movie about how Mary Lennox will eventually marry her cousin.

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The Secret Garden was a 1993 adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's book. Back in the '90s, it was a magical hour and a half of English countryside, mysterious invalids, and romantic orphans. It's still all that stuff except you now see it for what it is: completely depressing. How much of this do you remember fantasizing about...and how much do you find it weird now? Let's find out.


The Secret Garden opens with Mary Lennox, a spoiled child living in India. Her parents are truly awful people who don't care about her. She's so emotionally damaged, she can't even cry.

Mary's parents are killed in an earthquake, and she's sent back to England to live with her uncle, Lord Craven. His housekeeper, Professor McGonagall, picks up Mary and says this thing, which will probably scar Mary for life.


When roaming the grounds, Mary comes across a locked garden and finds out its deal from a man with a funny hat. So, basically, Lord Craven closed the garden 10 years ago, after his wife died. It was her garden.


When Mary finally meets her sad and creepy uncle, he's overcome with emotion because Mary apparently looks just like his late wife. It's always kind of weird when people see their romantic partners in the eyes of children.


Except now Mary is very upset because Colin has a smokin' dad and she has no one. Dickon tries to comfort her, which you know is only gonna cause more issues down the line. This girl will forever be trapped in the most awkward love triangle.

So to re-cap, here's what happened:

1. An orphan learned how to garden.

2. Her cousin fell in love with her.

3. She became capable of feeling sadness.


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