One day, teenager, Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) ventures into the the forbidden forest near her home and gets lost. Whilst trying to get her bearings she stumbles into Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson), who takes Winnie back to his home in the woods. There Winnie discovers that Jesse and his strange family have a special power, of everlasting life.
Tuck Everlasting is based on the award-winning children's novel by Natalie Babbitt. In the early years of last century teenage Winnie Foster, Alexis Bledel, is itching to break away from the constraints of her strict establishment family, particularly her domineering mother played by Amy Irving. Venturing into the forbidden woods adjacent to her home she becomes lost and stumbles across Jesse Tuck, Jonathan Jackson. He and his troubled brother Miles, Scott Bairstow, take Winnie back to their home in the woods to meet their mother, Sissy Spacek, and father, William Hurt. But Winnie is not allowed to go home. There's something mysterious about the Tucks and we soon find out what it is. Over a hundred years ago the Tucks drank from a spring which gave them everlasting life. And while this may seem potentially profitable to people like the creepy Man in the Yellow Suit, Ben Kingsley, the Tucks know the burdens and the tragedies of staying their age while everyone they love grows old and dies. Rather ponderously directed by Jay Russell with solid performances from its core cast, Bledel and Jackson are particularly charming, Tuck Everlasting is a film about embracing and living life that young teenage girls will especially enjoy.