Molly (1999)



Critic Consensus: Molly never really elevates above uninspired, cliche-ridden moments.

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Elisabeth Shue stars in this drama as Molly McKay, a mentally challenged woman who has suffered from autism since childhood. Institutionalized since the age of three, Molly is released at age 28 into the custody of her brother Buck (Aaron Eckhart), whom she hasn't seen since childhood. While Buck cares for his sister, she is in many ways a stranger to him, and he's having enough problems in his life at the moment. When Buck is told by doctors of a risky experimental surgery that could cure Molly, he gives his consent. The operation is a success, and Molly emerges with the emotional walls of autism removed, revealing her to be a genius. But the autistic personality's intense concentration remains, and Buck finds the new Molly nearly as challenging as the old one. Molly's supporting cast includes D.W. Moffett, Jill Hennessy, and Thomas Jane; it was the first credit for screenwriter Dick Christie.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity)
Comedy , Drama
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Elisabeth Shue
as Molly McKay
Aaron Eckhart
as Buck McKay
Jill Hennessy
as Susan Brookes
D.W. Moffett
as Mark Cottrell
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Beverly Trehare
Robert Harper
as Dr. Simmons
Elaine Hendrix
as Jennifer Thomas
Lucy Liu
as Brenda
Athena Massey
as Lauris
Jon Maynard Pennell
as Gary McKay
Sarah Wynter
as Julie McKay
Lauren Richter
as Molly McKay (age 7)
Tanner Lee Prairie
as Buck McKay (age 8)
Nicholas Pryor
as Dr. Prentice
Mark Phelan
as Highway Patrolman
Julie Ariola
as Joyce Lacy
Patricia Belcher
as Margaret Duffy
Robert Neches
as Randall Prescott
James Krag
as Courtney Pratt
Michael Yama
as Aisan Client
Rachen Assapiomonwait
as Aisan Client
Brian George
as Director
Roger Davis
as Sheriff
Heidi Erl
as Sex Therapist
Vinny Argiro
as Manager
Liz Lang
as Nurse
Michelle Rock
as Receptionist
Lisa Mollick
as Juliet
Charles Hoyes
as 1st Base Umpire
Mark Christopher Lawrence
as Angels' Manager
Kristina Malota
as Small Girl
Joe Everett Michaels
as Security Guard
Dick Christie
as Maitre d'
Alexa Jago
as Haughty Woman
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Critic Reviews for Molly

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

Molly is a mess.

December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A near-disaster.

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Shamelessly sentimental.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Shue comes perilously close to offensive caricature as the afflicted Molly.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

Bizarrely inept.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A television drama slapped together in a rush.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Molly

I believe this is a female version of Flowers for Algernon. A fantastically sweet film. Wonderfully acted.

Amanda Fuller
Amanda Fuller

I liked the movie, I have never heard of it and yes similar to "Flowers for Algernon" but it is a good movie on its own. It is not a bloody movie or it has not fast cars but a few tears pleasant entertainment.

Kristine Del Gada
Kristine Del Gada

Great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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