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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Susan Brookes
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Mark Cottrell
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Beverly Trehare
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Dr. Simmons
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Jennifer Thomas
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Domingo
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Buck McKay - 8 Years Old (as Tanner Prairie)
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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July 1999 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Rescue Me  »

Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$15,593 (USA) (29 October 1999)
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The film premiered on major airline flights before being shown in cinemas. See more »

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Version of Charly (1968) See more »

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Write minded
15 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Loosely cribbed from Daniel Keyes' novel "Flowers for Algernon" this moist tale follows experimental surgery subject, Molly who overcomes autism only to regress as the procedure's effects fade. We're supposed to realize that, the mentally disabled are people to - and have something to teach us. But this ham fisted tale ends up communicating a less profound message more along the lines of - some of them like to obsessively line up shoes.


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