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A Boy Called Po (2016)

After his wife dies of cancer, an overworked engineer struggles to care for his son with autism. His son in response to bullying regresses into a fantasy world escape.

Director:

John Asher

Writers:

Colin Goldman (screenplay), Colin Goldman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Christopher Gorham ... David Wilson
Julian Feder ... Po
Kaitlin Doubleday ... Amy
Andrew Bowen ... Jack
Sean Gunn ... Ben
Caitlin Carmichael ... Amelia Carr
Bryan Batt ... Randall Bane
Fay Masterson ... Valerie
Brian George ... Bill
Tristan Chase Tristan Chase ... Taylor Martz (as Tristian Chase)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jayden Anderson Jayden Anderson ... Autistic Girl
Kassi Crews ... Nurse
Tammy Dahlstrom ... Patricia Gilliam
Mason Hafer Mason Hafer ... Bully Kid
Starla Hall ... Mourner
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Storyline

When David Wilson's young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism. Patrick, who prefers to be called 'Po,' is a gifted but challenged child who was very close to his mother and unable to communicate his own sense of loss. As father and son struggle to deal with life after mom, they each begin to withdraw into their own worlds. David into the high pressure job he's close to losing and Po drifting away from the school where he's bullied into his magical fantasy world, the Land of Color, where he's just a typical carefree boy with a rich cast of other worldly companions. The growing divide between father and son and the challenges of single parenthood of a special needs child threaten to separate David and Po permanently. Based on a true story, the bonds of love between a grieving father and son are tested in the most real way in Po.

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Taglines:

Don't be afraid daddy. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Christopher Gorham's real life oldest son, Lucas, was diagnosed with a form of autism. See more »

Quotes

Po: Don't be afraid daddy.
David Wilson: Don't be afraid of what, pal?
Po: Don't be afraid of me.
Po: I don't want people to be afraid of me.
Po: Don't be afraid of me, daddy.
David Wilson: I'm not afraid of you.
David Wilson: Daddy's not afraid, not anymore
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Soundtracks

Close To You
Lyrics and Melody by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Bethany Joy Lenz
Arranged and Produced by Joseph Bauer
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly Engaging Movie
22 January 2018 | by happyinlagunawoodsSee all my reviews

I really did not expect to enjoy this movie, but indeed I did. Never before have I seen such an authentic portrayal of autism . Julian Feder was truly brilliant . (Freddie Highmore could/should take lessons.) Only one other movie captured my heart by its authenticity and that was "Whale Watcher" and the stellar performance by Keisha Castle-Hughes. These two actors were and are talented beyond their age.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boy Called Po See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,693, 3 September 2017

Gross USA:

$4,550

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,550
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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