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Molly (1999)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  July 1999 (Norway)
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A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, retarded sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.

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Molly McKay is a profoundly autistic twenty-something woman who has lived in an institution from a young age following her parents' death in a car accident. When the institution must close due to budget cuts, Molly is left in the charge of her neurotypical, older brother, Buck McKay, an advertising executive and perennial bachelor. Molly, who verbalizes very little and is obsessed with lining up her shoes in neat rows, throws Buck's life into a tailspin as she runs off her nurses and barges naked into a meeting at Buck's agency. When Buck consults Molly's (beautiful) neurologist, Susan Brookes, Dr. Brookes suggests an experimental surgery in which healthy brain cells are harvested from a donor and implanted into Molly's brain. While Buck initially balks at the suggestion, he finally consents to the surgery and Molly makes a miraculous "recovery" from her autism when she begins to speak fluidly and to interact with her brother, caretakers, and the world, in general. Buck begins taking ... Written by st_rgregory

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Innocence is bliss. See the world through her. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material and nudity | See all certifications »

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July 1999 (Norway)  »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,683 (USA) (22 October 1999)

Gross:

$15,593 (USA) (29 October 1999)
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A movie in need of major surgery
6 March 2002 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

This movie is just plain daft; a patchy mix of "heartwarming" (i.e. cloyingly sentimental) bonding scenes between cured autistic woman Shue and her initially selfish brother Eckhart, poor editing that seems to dispense with whole chunks of plot (after hastily explained and supremely daft 'ground-breaking' neurosurgery, Shue's regression, once it finally begins, is complete within a couple of scenes), and stultifying cliches. Failing completely to engender any emotional involvement in Molly's predicament, which could have been heartbreaking if skilfully handled, the movie shamelessly strives to manipulate the viewer in almost every scene and quickly outstays it's welcome.

Shue's performance is ok, and Eckhart offers solid support, but they're both let down by the material, and before the movie is half over you'll be wondering why they ever made the wretched thing in the first place.


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