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Fly Away (2011)



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Based on the award-winning short Flying Lessons, Fly Away tells the moving story of a single mother, Jeanne, grappling with the challenge of raising her autistic teenage daughter, Mandy. As Mandy becomes more and more unmanageable, so too does Jeanneʼs life. Over the period of two weeks, Jeanne is confronted with the most difficult decision a parent can make: to let go, allowing her child to grow, but also grow apart, or to hold on tight and fall together. --(c) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Janet Grillo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 26, 2011
New Video - Official Site


Beth Broderick
as Jeanne Cafferty
JR Bourne
as Peter
as Liz Howell
Janet Grillo
as Narrator
as Liz Howell
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Critic Reviews for Fly Away

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

Janet Grillo's modestly produced feature breaks no new ground in depicting those who live with autism -- both the afflicted and their loved ones.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

A well-meant drama that never transcends its earnest aims, Janet Grillo's feature debut is notable mostly for an heroic turn from lead Beth Broderick.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A defiantly unsentimental look at the complex codependency between a harried single mother and her severely autistic daughter.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

A showcase for Beth Broderick as the mom, Greg Germann as a charming neighbor who flirts with her and a fully immersed Ashley Rickards as the tantrum-prone teen, who appears to be on the intellectual plane of a 2-year-old.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

The lovely, heartbreaking "Fly Away" benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The lead performances are solid, as are the supporting actors, and Grillo is more than competent as a director. But Fly Away could have been stronger if its antiseptic visual style... had been more adventurous.

Full Review… | April 13, 2011
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fly Away


A realistic portrayal of a mid-functioning autistic girl, and of the toll it takes on her increasingly desperate single mother. The actress who plays Mandy does a really believable job showing the difficulties of autism. The film's simplistic ending implies a solution has been found, but the problems are clearly still there. The story line was just ok, in my opinion. I have seen better dramas.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

This was hard to watch at times - I really felt for the mom. I couldn't imagine how hard it must be to raise an autistic child. It shows how patient and willing to sacrifice someone has to be. I love Ashley Rickards, ever since seeing her in Awkward. It was a very eye-opening movie though.

Erin Collins

Super Reviewer


This film is all right for what it is, but still pretty stereotypical about what Autism actually is. Ashley Rickards is a good actress, but the rest of the acting from the others is awkward at times.

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