Autistic since birth, 28-year-old Molly McKay is a carefree young woman with an incredible zest for life. Her brother Buck McKay, a 32-year-old bachelor with a full social calendar and a booming career, has had little contact with Molly over the years until the institution that cares for her closes down. Now it's up to Buck to take his sister in...and that's turning into a full-time job. Daring, childlike and very energetic, Molly completely envelops her brother's life and turns his ordered world into chaos. Then just when Buck becomes desperate, Molly becomes a candidate for a new medical procedure that could cure her completely...but is it worth the risk? Molly sure thinks so...she's ready to experience everything.Written by
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When the theatrical release was delayed, the airline version release date was left unchanged, so the movie actually premiered in the USA as an in-flight movie for the USWest airline several months before hitting theaters. Moreover, the airline version was 109 minutes long. The movie was subsequently cut to 89 minutes before the theatrical release, so the airline version includes footage not seen elsewhere. See more »
This is a touching, bittersweet and wonderful film about an autistic woman who gains full use of her cognitive reasoning through an experimental procedure. Molly (Elizabeth Shue) is a 28 year old autistic who has been institutionalized much of her life. When the institution closes, she is left in the care of her self absorbed brother Buck (Aaron Eckhart). She is recommended for a new experimental procedure which transforms her into a normal young woman. As the story unfolds we see her grow from a child into a woman with many sweet and funny moments resulting from Molly's view of the world through childlike eyes. As her relationship with her brother grows, his transformation is as dramatic as hers.
The film was charmingly done with a coming of age quality about it. There were numerous comical and heart warming moments resulting from Molly's misperception of a world she is trying to make sense of.
The only thing working against this film is the fact that this ground has been retraced in so many ways that it suffers from the tendency to compare it to other films. It has elements of Flowers for Algernon', Rainman', At First Sight' and Awakenings'. It is difficult for a film to be fully appreciated when the viewer is mentally comparing it to all these other stories. That is a pity in this case because this really is a lovable story in its own right.
Elizabeth Shue gives us marvelous performance as Molly. Her portrayal of autism is realistic and endearing. She is so childlike that you really sense that she has the mind of a 3 year old. Later, as she transitions to the mind of an adult, she retains that childlike naiveté that gives the character a purity and wisdom that is fresh and free from cynicism. It was a wonderful performance that regrettably will not be seen by many since this film lives in obscurity as a single facing on the rental shelves.
I rated Molly an 8/10. On an emotional level, I really enjoyed it more than that, but I felt compelled to subtract a couple of points for lack of originality. However, if you enjoy human interest stories this one will certainly touch your heart.
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