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Jane Wants a Boyfriend (2015)

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A young woman with Asperger's tries to find her first boyfriend with a little help from her older sister.

Director:

William Sullivan

Writer:

Jarret Kerr (as Jarret F. Kerr)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Louisa Krause ... Jane
Gabriel Ebert ... Jack
Eliza Dushku ... Bianca
Polly Draper ... Mom
Gregg Edelman ... Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lindsay Arber Lindsay Arber ... Peaseblossom
Sal Ardisi ... Audience Member (as Salvatore Ardisi)
Amir Arison ... Rob
Jon Bass ... Steve
Margaret Donlin ... Laughing Woman
Franco Gonzalez ... Jose
Gary Hilborn ... Gyp
Greg Keller Greg Keller ... Paul
Benj Mirman Benj Mirman ... Friend 1
Kristina Mueller ... Mustardseed
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Inspired by real life events, the film explores a week in the life of Jane, a young costume designer working as an intern on an exciting theater piece. Despite dealing with the everyday challenges of being on the autism spectrum she takes action to enlists her sister Bianca to help her find her very first boyfriend. As Jane goes on some very eye-opening first dates, Bianca realizes that, at the end of the day, we all deserve to be loved. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джейн хочет бойфренда See more »

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Copperline Creative See more »
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Color
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Goofs

Rob says Jane has Asperger syndrome like Raymond Babbitt from Rain Man (1988). Raymond actually has Savant syndrome. See more »

Quotes

Paul: *No more fuck ups. We're too close to opening for fuck ups.*
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Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Anywhere Now
Written by Brian Russ
Performed by Backwords
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Surprisingly accurate
20 May 2016 | by Nightshade85See all my reviews

"Yet another inaccurate and stupidly exaggerated feelgood movie about a person who is a bit into the spectrum" or so I thought to myself when I first heard about this movie. But in all honesty, Jane Wants a Boyfriend is something of a fresh breeze compared to all the other movies that have been made about people on the spectrum (Rainman not included - it's in a category by itself).

The movie isn't flawless. Many parts of the movie and the main character felt phony, emotionally implausible and just not right. Especially the first 15 minutes or so of the movie. Maybe they took these shots first and it took a while for Krause to sink into her role? I don't know, but overall I think she did a pretty good job with Jane. Like the other movies on this topic though it is (sadly) rather patronizing and paternalistic - although not to the same extent as all the other movies such as the "There is no feelings in space" - which I really disliked because of extreme inaccuracies.

But, Jane Wants a Boyfriend also does a lot of things right. Being a man diagnosed with Asperger's disorder myself makes it easier for me to identify with the characters in these kind of movies. I've seen and I've met a few people with autism and I think it's hard for "neurotypicals" to understand that this is disorder and not a personality! Some very accurate stuff in this movie includes: - Jane's facial expressions, body language, problems with tone of voice and lack of eye contact, etc. -Her preoccupation and high skills within a narrow range of interests. -Sensory over stimulation. -Social problems: Jane doesn't like crowds, parties, she has problems initiating social contact, problems with social chit chat and doesn't appear to have that many deep connections (relationships) other than to her immediate family.

To sum things up: If you are after a romantic feelgood movie that touches on the subject of the social issues involved for someone on the autistic spectrum, then I would recommend this movie actually. It's decent! Actually it's a bit more than decent: it's good - but it could've been better! But if you are after a 100% accurate depiction of a true aspie character and their experiences with dating - keep looking!


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