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Please Stand By (2017)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 26 January 2018 (USA)
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A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a "Star Trek" writing competition.

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Ben Lewin

Writers:

Michael Golamco (screenplay by), Michael Golamco (based on the play by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Fanning ... Wendy Welcott
Alice Eve ... Audrey
Toni Collette ... Scottie
Lexi Aaron Lexi Aaron ... Herself
Domonique Brown Domonique Brown ... Himself (as Dominique 'Big D' Brown)
Brittanie Sanders Brittanie Sanders ... Herself
Cindy Miyashiro Cindy Miyashiro ... Herself
Lara Lihiya ... Madeline
Dan Cordell Dan Cordell ... Richard
Tony Revolori ... Nemo
Blaster Blaster ... Pete the Pup
Michael Stahl-David ... Jack
Matt Corboy ... TV Preesenter
River Alexander ... Sam
Matty Cardarople ... Trivia Guy #1
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A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a "Star Trek" writing competition.

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You can't blend in when you were born to stand out. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

26 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un nuevo camino See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,090, 28 January 2018

Gross USA:

$9,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$406,732
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although Paramount Studios is the one holding the contest in movie, all Star Trek TV clips were owned and licensed by CBS. While Paramount originally owned and produced all Star Trek TV series and film, CBS has since taken over Star Trek's television rights. Paramount still owns the film rights, however. See more »

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Paramount Studios employs a security staff with a well-guarded entrance, making it nearly impossible for Wendy to have just been able to walk onto the studio lot. See more »

Quotes

Scottie: She's trying to get to L.A. and turn in a script for this competition.
Sam: Is it any good?
Scottie: What?
Sam: The script.
Scottie: O, I could only get a few pages in. I don't get it.
Sam: What don't you get?
Scottie: Okay, so, I know he's the hero of Star Wars, but who exactly is this Kirk person?
Sam: Please, crash this car right now because we both deserve to die!
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Connections

References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »

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An autistic girl on an adventurous quest.

"Like Spock, for example. He's half-human, half-alien. He has trouble dealing with his emotions. Where did it say that? That's just how he is."

Although "Stand by me" is a fairly predictable film and unrestrainedly endeavors to strike a sensitive nerve, I'm all for such a type of film. The number of films about individuals with a disability, who try to survive in our society where perfection is the standard nowadays, and who succeed in making great achievements, is endless. "I am Sam", "Forrest Gump", "Rain Man", "The theory of everything", "Still Alice", "X + Y" and "Who's driving doug", to name but a few. These are all films where one feels sorry for the main character first. And after a while you realize that these persons surpass all expectations and amaze themselves about their own abilities. Just like Wendy (Dakota Fanning), who suffers from a severe form of autism so that communicating with her environment is a huge obstacle and her daily life is determined by a strict schedule. Handing in a self-written script for a "Star Trek" episode, however, ensures that this well-ordered and well-defined life is shaken up.

All due respect to Dakota Fanning. The way she played this complex character deserves all praise. She distanced herself from all the possibilities available to portray Wendy with all possible tics and ridiculous rituals. Also the phenomenon of autism was not unnecessarily enlarged by her. Apart from the compulsive writing down of all kinds of facts in her notebook and the pattern of colorful sweaters she's wearing on specific days, she seems to function reasonably normal. Not as Freddie Higmore who plays a similar character in "The Good Doctor" with a forced intonation making him sound like a voice computer with incorrectly installed software from Lernout & Hauspie. And yes, I know the spectrum of autism is fairly broad. But I appreciated the modesty with which Dakota Fanning played the person Wendy.

Also Toni "Miss you already" Collette played a not so bad part as Scottie who leads the home where Wendy lives. A patient and passionate person who guides each individual in this center and tries to point these individuals the right way towards a bearable personal life. It wasn't immediately clear to me whether Scottie was her real name or a kind of joke because of Wendy's passion for the television series "Star Trek". Frankly, I felt that all other characters fulfilled their job in an orderly manner. The fact they came across as plain add-ons is entirely due to the beautiful acting of Dakota Fanning of course. The entire film shows how Wendy's trust grows and she shifts her own boundaries (even if it's just crossing a specific street).

"Please stand by" is not primarily about how autists handle themselves and how confusing their view on life is. The subject isn't really thoroughly explored or explained in this area. I can't even remember the word autism being pronounced once. Only a brief remark by a devout, old female about her grandson who displays an identical behavior. It's actually a kind of adventurous quest with the ultimate goal of delivering the filmscript. And so Wendy needs to follow a path, completely normal for average people, where she meets a lot of people with bad intentions. And each time she's saved by caring persons. Almost something like Frodo and that damn ring he had to throw in Mount Doom. Also a risky quest full of obstacles and devious creatures. But then without the autism phenomenon.

Finally, a big applaus for the dog Pete who accompanies Wendy the whole way. They looked like Dorothy and Toto heading for the Wizard of Oz. Fortunately, the duo wasn't as annoying as Reese Witherspoon and her little pooch in a pink outfit in "Legally Blonde". And the most surprising moment was when a policeman talked to Wendy in a very remarkable way. But you have to discover that yourself when you watch this engaging and charming film.

P.S. If the script "The many and the few" really exists, I hope it'll become a real film. The fragments of text that were read, sounded intriguing!

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