Charlie lives in a cramped house with his parents and grandparents, dreaming of a better life.
One day, he hears about a reclusive candy maker who will open his factory to five lucky children who find a golden ticket inside one of his chocolate bars.
Charlie happens upon one of the prized tickets and joins four far more privileged children on the tour. The other kids reveal themselves to be greedy, spoiled and otherwise unworthy and are rejected as the tour goes on. Only Charlie makes it to the end, proving himself admirable enough to pass the candy-maker’s test and inheriting the factory.