The Story Of Luke Reviews
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%)
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.