When Carla Tate, now a young woman, is 'graduated' out of the training school where she has resided for many years because she is mentally challenged, her hope is that she will be accepted for all that she can now do for herself. But Carla's family is wealthy which permits her mother, already blinded to her daughter's rather high-functioning abilities, to try and provide for Carla beyond her needs or desires, bringing forth the inevitable confrontations... for what Carla may lack in mental ability she certainly makes up for in her insistence on being independent, even to living in her own apartment. But if this isn't enough, into the mix comes a young man, equally challenged mentally, who moves Carla beyond anyone's control... Written by
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Before starring in this film, both Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi made guest appearances on The Wonder Years (1988-1993). Lewis guest starred as Wayne's girlfriend Delores and Ribisi as one of Kevin's buddies Jeff. See more »
Carla tells her father she likes to call Daniel, Danny when he comes to pick her up from school. Throughout the rest of the movie, she never calls him Danny, only Daniel. See more »
I also enrolled her in a calligraphy class, an origami class. I even got her into that...
She doesn't want to do those things. They don't interest her. They don't work for her.
Maybe Carla doesn't know what works for her.
And you do.
I think so. I'm her mother.
That's why she tried to hitchhike over 200 miles to get back here?
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This movie was excellent. The family was well portrayed; from the beginning with the father not wanting to admit his daughter had a disability, to the mother dealing with the guilt of putting her daughter away by trying to make up for it almost a decade later.
Excellent cast (Lewis, Ribisi, Keaton, Skerritt, etc.) and I loved how the disabled characters were believable. Sometimes movies depicting the disabled are no more than an insult. Lewis and Ribisi were incredibly believable in their roles, actually I had never seen Ribisi in a role previous to this one and - I have to be honest - I really did not think he was 'acting'. I thought the casting director had found someone disabled to fill the role. Once I found out the truth, I thought Ribisi should have been nominated for an Oscar!
For the person who complained about the other story lines going on in the movie; a movie has to be multi-faceted, otherwise it can become boring. And I don't think the other story lines were too indulgent, they added flavor.
And a mother that has a child whom she believes she has failed in the past yes, she will be a basket case and indecisive with every step she takes. That's what mothers do...it's the norm.
Another great movie that was obviously overlooked by Hollywood. (So what else is new?)
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