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Breaking Through (1996)
Maudlin and Paternalistic
I'm sorry to disagree with the masses here, but I found this movie to be terribly cloying. The acting was earnest, and Kellie Martin and JoBeth Williams do what they can with the script. But, please, spare us yet ANOTHER movie where a poor, victimized disabled person comes to terms with life via the help of a benevolent social worker who cares...REALLY CARES (and WHY is there the obligatory element of the social worker risking her job because she just CARES too damn much?).
Another point to make here: Jennifer, if you had to teach Kellie Martin how to seem Deaf for this role, let me give you a word of advice: how's about they hire a DEAF ACTRESS?! This movie highlighted all of the worst stereotypes about Deafness: Deaf are helpless, Deaf are victims, Deaf want to speak, Speaking is good, Hearning people must save Deaf people, Hearing people must play Deaf roles because Deaf people are incapable of acting their own experiences (Marlee Matlin aside) ...enough already.
By the way, I'm Hearing. But this stuff just gets on my nerves. When people praise, say, Adam Sadler in his portrayal of the Sidney Poitier story -- then I'll be impressed.