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½ May 20, 2014
I've always found Lou Taylor Pucci, other than always reminding me of a young Johnny Depp, has been an incredibly underrated actor throughout the years. I don't think he's ever gonna win any prestigious acting awards, though it wouldn't surprise me if he did, and he's unlikely to be the next big box office draw after Will Smith, but I find that he's immensely talented and he has a quiet presence about him, where he's obviously not as imposing, or as big, as The Rock, but he's got something that draws you to him in films. With that out of the way, this might have too much of a feel-good indie quirk vibe, I found the film to be really good with very good performances, a smart script that doesn't insult those with autism, but instead celebrates it in an encouraging and uplifting way, sort of like 50/50 did with cancer. When I celebrate it, I don't mean it in a 'hooray for autism' kind of way. It just celebrates the positive influences it can have in peoples' lives and that its not really something to be afraid, or ashamed, of. The film does poke fun at Luke's interpretation of what people tell him and how literally he absolutely takes everything that is told to him. The story is also kind of a effective because it touches on universal themes, just seen through the eyes of someone with autism. The search for independence, love, and acceptance are all touched on. Of course, autism plays a huge part on Luke's search for all of these things, but it's not done in a heavy-handed way. That's what I was fearing most before I started watching this film. Thankfully, those fears were unfounded. The film is quite funny, but it is never laugh out loud funny, which wasn't its intention. The film blends the drama with the comedy very effectively, and one doesn't undercut the under. The acting was very good, with Lou Taylor Pucci clearly stealing the show with his mannerisms, his tone of voice, and his body language all being spot on. This review has petered out, all of a sudden. The directing/cinematography itself isn't out of this world. You can very clearly see that this film didn't have the biggest budget. Not that it needed it with the script and the immensely talented cast to help make up for that. Damn good movie, certainly an uplifting and feel-good film for those with autism, and those who help take care of them. Flawed film, but ultimately it's a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.
½ April 28, 2014
an empowering film saying that even people with disabilities can get their act together and become something of themselves
Lou Taylor Pucci is sensational as Luke, he has autism but that doesn't stop him from dreaming and wanting to do everything that his grandpa says he has to do to become a man and be successful
Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer are awesome as his aunt and uncle guiding him down the path of self-discovery and potential
we all want out own independence at some point when we get older
Seth Green is a riot too when it comes to dealing with abnormals
Alonso Mayo perfectly balances the comedy with the actual warmth of these people's lives
½ November 23, 2013
Shines a comedic light on Autism. Well written, acted and cast.
November 10, 2013
Offbeat, yet enjoyable story of Luke (Lou Taylor Pucci) a man with autism who ends up moving in with his uncle and family after the death of his grandmother. I'm guessing he is a high functioning autistic, because he can carry on conversations, make meals, get a job, and take the bus all on his own. Not like most movie Autistics who count cards (Rain Man) or are all sappy (I Am Sam). There's even a scene where an agency for special people is trying to place him in a position, but first asks him if he has any talents...there's some laughs here, and most of that is due to Pucci's impressive performance. Support from Cary Elwes as the uncle, Seth Green as an angry boss, and the rest of the family isn't too bad either. Nothing amazing, nothing horrible, above average.
September 6, 2013
This is a great movie about an autistic young man named Luke; who wants more out of life. He is surrounded by his extended family who he has just started living with after a death in the family. In his journey he meets, Zack a character played by Seth Green, who does a great job. Most of the lovely dark comedy comes from him. This movie has touching, awkward, and heart breaking moments. This is the best movie I have seen since 50/50.
½ August 29, 2013
Me gusto y mucho! recomendadísima!
August 27, 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.
August 19, 2013
love this movie, Funny and worth watching. Lou Taylor Pucci is an amazing actor and was the perfect choice for the role. Seth Green character was useless and annoying.
½ August 14, 2013
Hm, ako se natjerate da mu pruzite sansu, film je odlican. Ne gledati kad ste umorni, izaziva san na nekim dijelovima :)
½ August 8, 2013
Sweet and funny film about an autistic young man's mission to integrate into 'normal' society. If the photography looks familiar its because its by Kevin Smith regular David Klein who also lenses True Blood. To that end, it was odd watching Kristin Bauer without anyone getting staked.
½ August 6, 2013
A very inspirational movie that was well acted and entertaining.
July 28, 2013
Kind of blah. A movie to watch if you have an hour and 35 minutes to waste. It was "cute".
½ July 27, 2013
Lou Pucci is great. He had a believable and moving performance. Seth Green probably rocked the best performance of his career, and he's down right earned it. Lots of people have shit on Seth in the past but even his worst critics have to admit his talents after this movie. This one might have slipped under lots of peoples radar but don't let it slip under yours. A heart warming film.
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 July 22, 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
July 21, 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
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