A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled 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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She was a child of 3, a woman of 28 and a miracle waiting to happen! See more »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$15,593 (USA) (29 October 1999)
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Completely unconvincing...
16 November 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

An autistic woman in her late-20s is farmed out to her estranged older brother after the institution where she resides is shut down (for reasons which aren't made clear). The brother, a hipster ad-man who builds boats and lives an extravagantly bohemian lifestyle, is anxious to palm the girl off to any hospital who will take her...but, of course, they grow closer with time, particularly after Molly undergoes experimental surgery. Expensive, old-fashioned production which did MGM absolutely no favors. Transparent hybrid of "Rain Man" and "Awakenings"--with Elisabeth Shue attempting to pull off Cliff Robertson's act à la "Charly"--wants desperately to be Oscar material. The intentions are sincere, though the brightly-painted scenario is ridiculous, the writing is consistently irritating and the episodes of 'high drama' ring false. NO STARS from ****


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