Innocence is bliss. See the world through her.
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 16, 2014
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: MGM
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart, Jill Hennessy & D.W. Moffett|
|Performer:||Thomas Jane, Elizabeth Mitchell, Robert Harper, Elaine Hendrix, Michael Paul Chan & Athena Massey|
|Directed by||John Duigan|
|Edited by||Humphrey Dixon|
|Screenwriting by||Dick Christie|
|Composition by||Trevor Jones|
|Art Direction by||Bruce Alan Miller|
|Produced by||William J. MacDonald|
|Director of Photography:||Gabriel Beristain|
|Executive Production by||Amy Heckerling|
Rating: 3.5/5 -- It is moving and has been well-crafted with much care, and it allows Shue, Eckhart, Jane and Jill Hennessy as Molly's doctor to make solid impressions. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 1.5/5 -- A television drama slapped together in a rush.
New York Times
Rating: 1/5 -- Half-hearted Flowers for Algernon story. None of the actors seem to really believe it.
Rating: 1.5/5 -- Shue's acting is atrocious, rivaled only by the idiocy of the story itself.
Nothing feels authentic--not the relationships or the earnest performances from the soap opera-pretty cast. Full Review
Rating: 1.5/5 -- In spite of its lofty goal to remind the masses that the disabled are human beings with feelings just like everyone else, Molly abounds with cliches about the very people it purports to represent. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
Autistic since birth, 28-year-old Molly (Elisabeth Shue) is a carefree young woman with an incredible zest for life. Her brother Buck (Aaron Eckhart), 32 years old with a full social calendar and a booming career, has had little contact with Molly over the years -- until the facility that cares for her closes down. Now it's up to Buck to take his sister in...and that's turning into a full time job. Bold, childlike and very energetic, Molly completely envelops her brother's life and turns his ordered world into chaos. Then, just when Buck is at his wits' end, Molly becomes a candidate for a new medical procedure that could cure her completely...but is it worth the risk?
Molly (Elisabeth Shue) is a functioning autistic who has been living isolated in a government facility for the last fifteen years, after the death of her parents. When the government closes the facility down, her brother Buck (Aaron Eckhart), is forced to take her in, much to his dissatisfaction. When Molly is invited to participate in a radical new surgery to possibly revoke the symptoms of autism, Buck reluctantly agrees. At first the surgery doesn't appear to work but suddenly Molly opens up to the world and sees life completely differently, full of questions and confusing longings, Molly changes the lives of those around her forever.
John Duigan's film is the story of Molly (Elizabeth Shue), a functioning autistic with a learning disorder who was institutionalized when her parents died. Fifteen years later Molly is forced to reenter society after the government tightens its monetary belt. She moves in with her big brother Buck (Aaron Eckhart), who tries desperately to juggle his advertising career with his new responsibility, but Molly's antics cost him his job, and the frustrated Buck is unsure how to handle his eccentric sister. When Molly lands herself in an advanced facility and reunites with Sam (Thomas Jane), a loyal and thoughtful employee at her previous institution, everyone seems happy. Things change drastically when she becomes the prime candidate for undergoing an experimental surgery that will make her a normal and functioning human being. At first the surgery doesn't appear to work, but eventually she opens up, creating a whole new series of issues and deeper understandings. Her struggle to comprehend the outside world brings her closer to her brother and to all those around her. Molly's infectious joy and vision of the world changes those who come into contact with the free-spirited young woman.
- "Those lobsters live in a tank. They're someone's pets. Why would you eat someone's pets'"--Molly (Elizabeth Shue) to Buck (Aaron Eckhart)
- "There's a real person in there Mr. McKay. She wants to come out."--Sam (Thomas Jane) to Buck
- "I think that's what I find most strange about this world--is that nobody ever says how they feel. They hurt, but they don't cry out. They're happy, but they don't dance or jump around. And they're angry but they hardly ever scream. Because they feel ashamed. Nothing's worse than that. So we all walk around with our heads looking down and never look up and see how beautiful the sky is."--Molly to group at the Kerrans Institute