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  (in credits order)

Shannon Woodward ... Candy

Jackson Rathbone ... Russ

Amanda Plummer ... Celeste

Evan Sneider ... Evan Grey

Jerad Anderson ... Kenny
Nate Krawshuk ... Simon

Seth Chatfield ... Jeremy

Harrison Lees ... Harrison
Darren MacDonald ... Darren Jones
Daniel J. Turnbull ... Andy Jones (as Daniel Turnbull)
Joseph Turnbull ... Willie Jones
Carole Helman ... Janis

Craig Wesley Divino ... Keg Master
Shaun O'Banion ... Guy at Yard Sale
Bette Houston ... Woman in Deli
Nora Welti ... Mother in Deli
Kate Kanieff ... Girl in Deli
Madelyn Welti ... Girl in Deli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Blake Berris ... Actor on Television (voice) (uncredited)

Rachel Melvin ... Actress on Television (voice) (uncredited)

Bethany Orr ... TV Voice (uncredited)

Sheila Vand ... Kenny's Wife (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Justin Lerner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Justin Lerner  written by

Produced by
Jerad Anderson .... producer
Kristina Lauren Anderson .... producer
Jeff Castelluccio .... post-production producer
Lorne Greenberg .... executive producer
Scott Kirkley .... associate producer (as D. Scott Kirkley)
John Brooks Klingenbeck .... executive producer
Justin Lerner .... producer
Shaun O'Banion .... producer
Jason R. Olivier .... executive producer (as Jason Olivier)
Tiffany Pham .... co-producer
Sarah Steinberg Heller .... co-producer
Patch Mackenzie .... co-producer (uncredited)
Jackson Rathbone .... co-producer (uncredited)
Jerred Schuh .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lawrence Abrams 
Jerad Anderson 
Ben Graupner 
Ben Johnson 
Jackson Rathbone 
Cinematography by
Quyen Tran (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeff Castelluccio 
Casting by
Brad Gilmore 
Production Design by
Seth Chatfield 
Harrison Lees 
Costume Design by
June Suepunpuck 
Makeup Department
Aaron Light .... hair stylist: Ms. Woodward
Jill Sanders .... key makeup artist
Jill Sanders .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Shaun O'Banion .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shannon Mullen .... second assistant director
Brianne Richard .... second second assistant director
Michael Whitecar .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Eric Bautista .... sound mixer
Brett Commandeur .... boom operator
Jeffery Alan Jones .... adr recordist
Daniel Lopatin .... sound re-mixer
Daniel Lopatin .... sound re-mixer: "Chimes"
Dan Oberbauer .... sound effects: "Chimes"
Kyle Olmstead .... additional sound recording
Daniel Perlin .... sound re-recording mixer
Alexander Posell .... dialogue editor
Craig Wesley Divino .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelsey Bell .... camera intern
Michael Benko .... grip
Alexandra Cason .... first assistant camera
Tom Clancey .... gaffer
Leah Cooper .... still photographer
Josh Ficken .... second assistant camera (as Joshua Ficken)
Jim Helman .... electrician
Angela How .... digital imaging technician
Jessica Mondillo .... camera intern
Eric Nichols .... grip
Kyle Olmstead .... electrician
Matt Paulding .... best boy
Matt Plassche .... swing
Otto Stockmeier .... electrician
Matt Tomko .... dolly grip
Dagmar Weaver-Madsen .... key grip
Casting Department
Mike Hendel .... casting assistant
Kyle Dean .... casting intern (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Angela How .... assistant editor
Angela How .... on-line editor
Brian Hutchings .... colorist
Andrew Jewell .... on-line editor
Andrew Jewell .... post-production consultant
Joe Pascual .... color supervisor
Music Department
Scott Coslett .... music editor
Scott Coslett .... music mixer
Scott Coslett .... music supervisor
Jeffery Alan Jones .... assistant music engineer
Daniel Lopatin .... composer: additional music
Rudolfo Navas .... assistant music engineer
Transportation Department
Michael Baart .... transportation
Amar Chaabouni .... transportation
Other crew
James Arsenault .... assistant: Mr. Lerner
Stuart Bloomstein .... catering: Mel & Ernie's Catering
Kristin Bush .... assistant: Mr. Rathbone
Kristin Bush .... production assistant
Cecelia Chapman .... production assistant
Corie Chu .... unit publicist
Kathy Conzen .... craft service
Andreana Davies .... pre-production intern
Craig Wesley Divino .... acting coach: Mr. Sneider
Yasemin Dormen .... production assistant
Louie Giangrande .... epk producer
Binh Huynh .... production accountant
Jose Ibarra .... pre-production intern
Expedito Junior .... catering: Mel & Ernie's Catering
Erin McPherson .... legal clearance supervisor
Jose Adrieano P. Sousa .... catering: Mel & Ernie's Catering
Court Petrie .... legal assistant
Jamie Ramsey .... location scout
Nicole M. Rivera .... production assistant
Giulia Setembrino .... script supervisor
Jessica Silva .... production assistant
Heather Soellner .... assistant: Mr. Lerner
Rebecca Teixeira .... key production assistant
Joseph Turnbull .... location manager
Doug Wilson .... production assistant
Gracie Lane .... intern (uncredited)
Irene Wachsler .... independent auditor (uncredited)
Mark Ankner .... special thanks
Tara Aust .... special thanks
Daniel Booko .... special thanks
Vincent Donadio .... special thanks
Sacha Elwakeel .... very special thanks
Alison Goodwin .... very special thanks
David Heden .... very special thanks
Joe Karcinell .... very special thanks
Sarah Labrie .... special thanks
Mary Cate Longo .... special thanks
Mark Maine .... very special thanks
Bethany Orr .... special thanks (as B. Love Orr)
Jerred Schuh .... very special thanks
Deborah Shumaker .... special thanks
Julie St. Thomas .... special thanks
Chris Stokes .... special thanks
Brooke Stone .... special thanks
George Stroumboulopoulos .... very special thanks

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Worth seeing and well done, 13 August 2011
Author: TheOneTrueJeff from United States

First, I'm not part of the cast or crew. I'm not "affiliated" with the film in any manner. I watched it at the 2011 Down Syndrome Congress National Convention, and I thought it was well worth the time.

Interestingly enough, I wouldn't classify it as a "Down Syndrome" film. I believe it will be just as entertaining and worthwhile to people who have no affiliation with Down as it is to those who do. It's a solid story that highlights some very believable situations.

The situations related to Down are very poignant, despite not being the focus of the movie -- Evan's ability to care for himself barely scrapes "minimal." He doesn't have the acumen to deal with an antagonistic boss, he makes some very poor financial choices, and at times he simply wanders off in a child-like manner. However, when his mother dies, he's left without any kind of caretaker. Unfortunately, his situation is anything but a flight of movie fancy; it happens every day.

Still, Evan, Down Syndrome, and Evan's uncertain future aren't the focus of the film. Candy brings in another very realistic element: a single mother struggling financially, stuck in an abusive relationship after making some poor relationship choices.

I thought the acting was quite good. In particular, Candy's reaction to Evan's infatuation (and the depth of his infatuation) was superb. Jackson Rathbone did well as Russ, too -- with Russ being such a jerk, it would have been easy to make him a caricature "bad guy." Real people are never that one-dimensional, though, and Rathbone added to the realism of the movie by showing some real internal conflict. Yes, Russ is a jerk, but part of that personality is the result of some internal vulnerability and real world events.

And Evan Sneider was excellent. Another reviewer complained that Evan was "obviously coached." Well, yes, that's what director do. They coached Katherine Hepburn, they coach Tom Cruise, they coach William H. Macy, and I'm sure Justin Lerner coached Evan. Both Justin and Evan did a fine job.

The filming itself was great. I was really impressed by how well the choice of shots emphasized the characters' personalities or relationship with the world.

I'm pretty surprised at the snide comments from some of the other reviewers, particularly intimations that this subject matter is somehow "overdone." One reviewer mentions "Life Goes On" -- news flash, folks, that series wrapped up 17 years ago. And the idea that "Girlfriends" is exploitive is ludicrous. The fact that Evan's character is mentally challenged is essential to the plot.

Overall, this was an excellent film and certainly worth taking the time to watch.

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