Fly Away (2011)
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Critic Reviews for Fly Away
Janet Grillo's modestly produced feature breaks no new ground in depicting those who live with autism -- both the afflicted and their loved ones.
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.
A defiantly unsentimental look at the complex codependency between a harried single mother and her severely autistic daughter.
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.
The lovely, heartbreaking "Fly Away" benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo.
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.
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.
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