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A Boy Called Po (2016)

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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.

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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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Don't be afraid, daddy. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some language

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$4,550, 7 September 2017
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Christopher Gorham's real life oldest son, Lucas, was diagnosed with a form of autism. See more »

Quotes

Po: Patrick is a nice name for a boy.
Po: I'll call him Po.
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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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Surprisingly Engaging Movie
22 January 2018 | by See 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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