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A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship.



(as Ron Bass)

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A dramatic-comedy, inspired by the lives of two people with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, whose emotional dysfunctions threaten to sabotage their budding romance. Donald is a good-natured but hapless taxi driver with a love of birds and a superhuman knack for numbers. Like many people with AS, he likes patterns and routines. But when the beautiful but complicated Isabel joins the autism support group he leads, his life - and his heart - are turned upside down. Written by Anonymous

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They don't fit in. Except together.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some thematic material | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

2 February 2006 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Crazy in Love  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay was written by Ronald Bass, who also wrote Rain Man (1988), a movie about an individual with autism. Bass is said to have been inspired by a 1995 article in the Los Angeles Times. See more »


In the first group scene, Donald talks about numbers as he stares at the microwave oven countdown. When the camera cuts away from the digital readout, the one/second beep of the microwave can still be heard but when the camera returns to the readout, fewer seconds elapse than beeps heard. See more »


Isabelle Sorenson: I can't promise you the future Donald Duck. I don't know if this is for 2 days or 20 years.
Donald Morton: Maybe it's something about us that's normal.
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Written by Joel Chearer
Performed by Pedestrian
Published by Shearer Energy Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Joel Shearer
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Disappointed nearly to the point of anger
26 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a person diagnosed with Asperger's Sydrome, the father of a child with moderate Autism, and the brother of a sister with severe Autism, I am very disappointed with this movie. The part of Donald Morton was't too bad, as his overall presentation, facial expressions, eye contact, high anxiety, etc, seemed close to realistic. Isabelle was just not real to me. The look in her eyes was that of a neuro-typical person with a wide range of emotions revealed in them. She had some scenes wherein she behaved similar to someone with Asperger's or Autism, but without her overall behavior being accurate it was a let down. She is a good actress, but she needed to do more homework for this role.

The support group scenes were some of the most disappointing of the movie. There are many highly functional individuals who attend AS support groups in the real world, however, even the most functional do not exhibit the type of empathy that this group did. Trust me, real Aspies would have had little to no interest in the love life of these two group members. It is not believable to me that Donald could have formed this group. Perhaps the real Jerry Newport could have. Donald does not demonstrate enough leadership or functional independence, and his anxiety is debilitating. There are Aspies who have leadership qualities, but they are usually very rigid and opinionated thinkers, who also have a type of personality that other people with Asperger's Syndrome, who are less out spoken, gather around. That level of rigid/concrete thinking is just not depicted in this movie, nor is the reality of the tempers that often go along with it.

I wish there was more focus on the useful and functional aspects of Asperger's Syndrome. Why didn't they show us more of what Donald did in his work? How were his mathematical abilities benefiting him in the real world? Isabelle was gifted in music and art. Reveal more of her passion for this. Let people see more of an inside view of Autism rather just playing around with the quirkiness in ways that were sometimes irreverent.

I now fear that thousands, or perhaps millions more people know even less about Autism and Asperger's Syndrome than they did before! Yes, I have read the glowing reviews, and I am extremely disappointed in them. I have lived around Autism from every possible perspective that you can imagine. Trust me, what you will see in this movie is Hollywood and not the real world.

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