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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Brookes
Mark Cottrell
Beverly Trehare
Dr. Simmons
Jennifer Thomas
Jon Pennell ...
Gary McKay
Julie McKay
Lauren Richter ...
Tanner Lee Prairie ...
Buck McKay - 8 Years Old (as Tanner Prairie)
Dr. Prentice


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

July 1999 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Rescue Me  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$15,593 (USA) (29 October 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Could have been better! 4/10
9 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review: I honestly think that Elizabeth Shue was a bad choice for the lead in this movie because she didn't really play her role that convincingly. I think that I saw this movie when it first came out and I wasn't that impressed then. The storyline wasn't that bad and I liked the chemistry between Shue and Thomas Jane, who plays her boyfriend, but she just seemed a bit too normal compared to Hoffman in Rainman. There are a couple of emotional scenes which were well written, but it seemed pretty dated and boring in parts. I know that the movie is quite old and that it didn't really blow up at the box office when it first came out, but a I thought that I would give this movie a go because I'm a fan of Aaron Eckhart. Basically, it could have been much better, but it's a sweet little film that has it's emotional moments. Average!

Round-Up: As Downey Junior says in Tropic Thunder, "You Never Go Full Retard". This type of role really needs a professional actor to pull it off and Elizabeth Shue wasn't the one. After sending her in Leaving Las Vegas and The Saint, which was an awful movie, she wouldn't have been my first choice to play a mentally disturbed character. I did like Aaron Eckhart who put in a great performance alongside Thomas Jane,  but I did get bored after a while and I lost interest. 

Budget: $21million Worldwide Gross: N/A

I recommend this movie to people who are into there emotional dramas about a brother who takes in his mentally disturbed sister who finds it difficult to fit into day to day life. 4/10

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