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The Story Of Luke Reviews

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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
April 14, 2013
Its how Forest Gump would've been with contented ambition and expectations.
July 3, 2013
Great Indy Movie. Really Enjoyed it. :)
May 22, 2013
charming film about an autistic boy trying to be independent. Amazing acting by Lou Taylor Pucci
½ May 19, 2013
Well written and acted movie depicting an autistic young man moving forward in his life using his shear determination. Quite a surprisingly good original film, It hit on all of the emotional areas so many films overlook today. You will like the Lead character Luke, as he presses forward against everyday odds and challenges. I like to give big credit to the actors all around they were terrific and so believable that you can actually get into the film. The writing and direction also deserve a mention because they were tastefully absent something that was not considered when watching, as it should be .
May 1, 2013
Sam, you are a man, do u have your shit together like anybody else ?? watch it
½ April 19, 2013
Very Funny... and Very nice... different than usual.. :)
½ April 27, 2013
Simple story that's very well done.
½ April 26, 2013
Not Earth-shattering, nor above a cheap pander job here and there - but plenty of solid moments to wash away most those sins. Particularly where Pucci and Green are concerned.
April 20, 2013
great characters, every single one of them. Finally a director that gets it
April 19, 2013
Luke grows and grows on you and so does the rest of the cast. I didn't want the story to end. Please make a sequel or turn it into a TV series.
April 16, 2013
A peek into the world of a young autistic man striking out on his is respectful and insightful...touching and uplifting. Pretty amazing.
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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.
April 15, 2013
This movie was surprisingly wonderful. The performance of Lou Taylor Pucci is extraordinary. I didn't want the movie to end because I wanted to keep being a part of Luke's life. The cast, the direction and production are great.
April 14, 2013
Loved, loved, loved this movie. It made me laugh and cry. I have two boys on the spectrum and it was nice to finally see a movie that showed a lighter, more real side to the disorder. Lou's performance was simply amazing.
½ April 14, 2013
a beautiful movie. lou taylor pucci is incredible.
April 14, 2013
The story is super cute! Yes funny. I can watch this over and over. Worth watching for. Doesn't get you bored. I like him being OC.
April 14, 2013
this was a great movie!!!!
½ April 14, 2013
Lovely story managing to be sweet but also realistic. The actor's act delicately and populate a very believable world. The film also manages to be uplifting with out being corny. The camera work is exactly as it should be as is the score.
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.
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