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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.

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
Tristian Chase ... Taylor Martz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jayden Anderson ... Autistic Girl
Kassi Crews ... Nurse
Tammy Dahlstrom ... Patricia Gilliam
Mason Hafer Mason Hafer ... Bully Kid
Starla Hall 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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Po See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,693,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,550,000, 7 September 2017
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Dancing With Your Shadow
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Billy Mann
Performed by Sheryl Crow
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Gorgeous, Unique, Imaginative Film That Captures Autism
12 October 2016 | by shannondoty87See all my reviews

As someone who has worked in the autism field for nearly a decade, I can vouch for "Po" as a film that captures the everyday challenges of thousands of families across the globe. Director John Asher's emphasis on the rawness of autism is met with magical cinematography that transports the audience to places beyond fantasy. Asher is the father of a son, Evan, who is on the autism spectrum, and insights from his personal experience are evident in the film.

Expertly written, the storyline grabs the viewer and takes them on a ride across the fine line of imagination and reality. Christopher Gorham and Julian Feder are an on-screen "dream team" - connected, convincing, and compelling.

"Po" is a brilliant film worth seeing again and again.


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