A highly successful advertising executive decides to put his job on hold after getting an update from his father that he and his wife are divorced and decides to extend his break after revealing that his father is a diabetic.
When Carla Tate, now a young woman, is 'graduated' out of the training school where she has resided for many years because she is mentally challenged, her hope is that she will be accepted for all that she can now do for herself. But Carla's family is wealthy which permits her mother, already blinded to her daughter's rather high-functioning abilities, to try and provide for Carla beyond her needs or desires, bringing forth the inevitable confrontations... for what Carla may lack in mental ability she certainly makes up for in her insistence on being independent, even to living in her own apartment. But if this isn't enough, into the mix comes a young man, equally challenged mentally, who moves Carla beyond anyone's control...Written by
BOB STEBBINS <email@example.com>
Written by James Patrick Dunne
Published by JPD Music
Performed by Roger Neumann Band
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I didn't find myself to be particularly touched by this film. Frankly, I thought it tried just a little too hard to be happy and touching, and instead, the ending was laughable and the audience walks away feeling as if they've been beaten over the head with the "cutesy stick" way too often. It's true, the movie is set up that you're laughing at disabled people, when a good movie about this same subject would take you so much deeper into the joys and pains of these individuals. The not well-developed love between 'Carla' and 'Danny' is also "cutesy," and not a portrayed like a real reflection of any type of true love. And the acting - how hard is it to pretend to be retarded? The actors were convincing, but I gave the same caliber performance in 8th grade when my friends and I would set up our parents' video cameras and act like mentals (And don't look down at me, you know you did the same thing too).
Overall: Nothing too deep, interesting, or generally stimulating. I watched it on TNT at 2 o'clock in the morning - and that's where it belongs.
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