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The Story Of Luke Reviews

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Cinema-Maniac
Super Reviewer
April 15, 2013
This year hasn't been a good year for comedies with the likes of Scary Movie 5, Movie 43, A Haunted House, and InAPPropriate Comedy failing to garner even a chuckle. The Story of Luke while nothing original the execution brings the best elements of the script to life with a cast that balances the dynamic in the characters.

The Story of Luke is about Luke, a young man with autism, who is thrust into a world that doesn't expect anything from him. The story is old fashioned with the humor coming from the interaction from the protagonist in his situations. Luke has an interesting dynamic where his disorder remains consistent to the plot. It's not solely used as a plot device and becomes a characteristic of Luke. The humor is not haha funny, but when it makes a joke it delivers. It plays more the dramatic side dealing with themes of death, acceptance, and moving on. These dramatic elements are well woven into the plot where you feel invested towards what is happening. The dramatic elements while serious allow room for jokes that don't be feel force. The plot tends to rely on Luke and the people around him telling him what to do. Some of Luke goals are realistic and some plot points are introduce only to return when the plot needs them too. What it might lack in originality it satisfies with an effective balance of both comedy and drama.

Star Lou Taylor Pucci is an embodiment of his role. Not only does find a tight tuned balance between the agitation and kindness of his character, but also respectfully portrays with autism disorder accurately. Being able to laugh with Taylor Pucci in his comedic situations because of how more lighthearted his take is. Seth Green in a surprising supporting role makes for an equally funny supporting actor. He plays his at times rude character with a good spirit. His scenes with Taylor Pucci can make for ones that are both touching and humorous. Green is allow more capabilities making a fun contrast towards Taylor Pucci characteristic. The supporting cast do fine in their roles. Each cast member is given their own specific scene to shine whether it's Cary Elwes lack of idea of how help one of his kids or Kristin Bauer van Straten opening up. The direction works creating a tone that never gears too much on direction and pacing that never feels like a scene is dragged.

The Story of Luke is wholesome comedy that is more a lighthearted take on autism while being sincere and not using the disease as a plot device. With a strong lead in Lou Taylor Pucci embodying his character both comically and dramatically carries it flawlessly. The Story of Luke is a film that is more than deserving of a bigger audience in a year filled with notable bad comedies The Story of Luke is one very good standout.
March 7, 2015
I loved this movie so much. Lou Taylor Pucci puts on a performance of a lifetime. Along with strong performances by Cary Elwes and Seth Green. This highly inspirational and tear jerker will throw you in a whirlwind of smiles and tears. Rejoice, Luke sees the world so few can.
April 5, 2013
"The Story of Luke" is not a saga of epic proportions, but with a huge assist from Pucci's layered performance, takes a premise that could easily be movie-of-the-week sappy and finds a humanizing lightness.
July 27, 2013
Uplifting little story that still manages to be humble. A bit eccentric but that is what makes the humor so special. Pucci brings the perfect balance of awkward and charming.
½ April 12, 2013
In Alonso Mayo's debut film The Story of Luke, Luke (Lou Taylor Pucci), a twenty-five-year-old autistic man, grew up never knowing his parents. His mother abandoned him when he was young, and he never knew his father. He was raised and sheltered by his grandparents. After his grandmother dies, he finds himself living alongside his grandfather Jonas (who is incapable of taking care of himself) in the home of his Uncle Paul (Cary Elwes), Aunt Cindy (Kristin Bauer van Straten), and his two cousins, Brad and Megan.

His routine world is turned upside down when he moves in with his family, who immediately place his grandfather into a nursing home. Luke takes his grandfather's advice to "get his shit together," and goes on a quest to find a job and a nice girl who won't nag and likes to travel. Luke decides to get a job, and after being advised by his cousin Megan to search in the classifieds, he goes to a job counselor where he is directed to SMILES, a company that assists differently-abled individuals in finding jobs.

Pucci's performance as the quirky, high-functioning Luke left little to be desired, giving extremely insightful view into the everyday challenges people with autism face. In the beginning of the film, he struggles with breaking from his normal routine. He runs away from Uncle Paul's after the first day to return to his grandmother's house to cook himself breakfast and watch his regular cooking show. He's uncomfortable, he's awkward, and he's just plain lovab

The movie, categorized as a comedy, crawls to eventual humor. But the over-arching serious themes made it difficult to laugh at Luke's unfiltered dialogue. At times, it seemed wrong to laugh at a comedic spin that was put on his life, but Mayo portrays Luke as a witty man-child who takes everything so literally and says exactly what is on his mind. When Luke is allowed to do job training with his overbearing, crazy supervisor Zach (Seth Green), the comedic scenes were not in short supply. Green is memorable in his role as an angry genius who also has trouble fitting in with society, a very different than the uptight intellect that he normally plays (Dan Mott Without a Paddle, for example). His presence ultimately puts a lighter spin on the film.

After learning to work in the mailroom of the job, Zach decides to take Luke on as a case study. He helps Luke act "normal" in order to win over the girl of his dreams, Maria, who works at the job counseling agency. Luke learns many things along his journey, but also teaches everyone around him very valuable lessons.

The Story of Luke is a great film for anyone with a slightly dark sense of humor. Mayo does an excellent job portraying Luke and the challenges that he faces everyday. The film reminds us that some of the challenges that arise with autism might not be any more difficult than those of the average person searching for happiness.

Verdict: Movie Win
RT Score: 88% (90%)

~ Haylee
½ April 14, 2013
This was just an OK drama. The acting was actually pretty good. The main problem I had was the story was too run of the mill. It just had the feel of a made for TV movie. Not awful, not anything special either.
April 12, 2013
This film is as true-to-life for an adult with Asperger's syndrome as a movie can get, where Lou Taylor Pucci (The Answer Man, Brotherhood) stars as Luke, a 25 year old man with Autism. Luke used to live heavily supervised by his two grandparents since he was a young boy after his mother abandoned him and left him on their doorstep. When his grandmother falls ill and dies, he is left to be looked after by his Uncle Paul (Cary Elwes, The Princess Bride) and their family after the early on antagonistic Aunt Cindy (Kristin Bauer van Straten, True Blood) throws his grandfather in a nursing home. At the suggestion of his persistently testy grandfather, he is to "get his shit together like everyone else" so he can grow up and be a man with a paying job that will allow him to find a girl and screw-precisely in that direct order. But there's a problem with Luke finding a job as he has no skills except his cooking where his grandmother taught him how to prepare twenty-three dinner entrée's plus breakfasts and no desserts yet. This lands him as an unpaid trainee for a local technical company filing mail and pushing a coffee cart. There, he meets his witted and seemingly abusive supervisor Zack (Seth Green, Without a Paddle, Family Guy) who turns out to be the only one in the building to understand Luke on a non-neurotypical level throughout the movie. After it's all been said and done, having Luke around in his new household only brings his relatives closer to one another including his used-to-be spiteful Aunt and he learns a thing or two about a normal human existence which is something anyone with Autism has issues grasping tightly to.

Throughout the movie, one can expect to be wowed by excellent acting from the cast which no doubt was meticulously selected for each role. Prepare to learn a fair amount about Autism while watching the film, as it does touch very close to the life of an Autistic individual but peppers in some overt characteristics which at certain times throughout the movie were a bit overly-dramatic. The movie has a moving plot and writer Alonso Mayo implements a moving story line that can be followed only if you pay close attention to what is going on. It is a movie that does lack a fair amount of substance, but yet is eager to follow every viewer through to the very abrupt ending. Whilst The Story of Luke is relatable to individuals and families affected by Autism, it can certainly be easy for viewers not affected to still appreciate the film at surface value.

Overall I give this film a welcomed 3 out of 5 stars, and feel that everyone should watch it at least once.
April 30, 2016
Actually very good, much better than expected. It's surprisingly touching and very well acted. Very underrated film.
February 13, 2016
Awesome!! Funny, Heartwarmin. A must see!!
October 30, 2015
It was cute and made u invest in Luke and I smiled throughout the whole movie. Him changing everyone around him for the better felt believable and not cliched. Also awesome acting on the lead actors part.
June 23, 2015
Wonderfully heart-warming.
½ April 2, 2013
Lou Taylor Pucci's performance isn't convincing enough and to me it misrepresents autistic people.
March 7, 2015
I loved this movie so much. Lou Taylor Pucci puts on a performance of a lifetime. Along with strong performances by Cary Elwes and Seth Green. This highly inspirational and tear jerker will throw you in a whirlwind of smiles and tears. Rejoice, Luke sees the world so few can.
February 5, 2015
Could easily have fallen prey to cliches, but steered clear. Strong performances all around.
January 14, 2015
The Story of Luke tells the tale of an autistic young man who sets out to find a job, a girl and be his own person. It is a very light hearted comedy that stays fairly upbeat and has some touching moments along the way. The relationships he builds with his family and how he changes the people around him for the better was fun to watch although it did start out a little slow. The acting was great and the film was a perfect length as it didn't go on to long or end to soon. There is nothing outstanding about this one it just tells a good story and will leave you with positive thoughts.
October 22, 2014
The story of Luke is an amazing and compelling story about a young teenager who has autism. It teaches you and ism to educate you about the side effects and difficulties that so many people encounter with this illness. It's fascinating, educational and a humble experience that also fundamentally teaches you that no matter what difficulty and obstacle is put in front of you, you can overcome. More importantly, it teaches and bring up the main moral in life, that everybody should obide too. Be respectful and understanding to everybody that you meet, because we're all the same.

Amazing movie!
September 19, 2014
The Story of Luke takes us on a journey of a young adult that goes on an adventure after his grandmother passes away he wants his independence and attains goals and strives to attain the goals like finding a job because he wants a girlfriend.
The movie is quirky and fun and has truth to it.
I was surprised with this movie i really was taken in by the movie the story and the characters.
It opens your eyes to how people perceive people with disabilities etc..
I think this movie is a sleeper of last year.
The younger audience should watch this with parental guidance it has some adult themes and language that should be supervised.
August 3, 2014
I honestly loved this movie. It's a good insight and a lot can be learned. Definitely changes perspective.
July 1, 2014
Boring in the beginning but nicer as it goes on. It has its funny moments and Luke is a great character
June 23, 2014
I found this film to be quite comical yet very entertaining!!! How far would you go to be normal??
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