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The Story Of Luke Reviews

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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
Lou Taylor-Pucci is Brilliant !
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 own...it is respectful and insightful...touching and uplifting. Pretty amazing.
Cinema-Maniac
Super Reviewer
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.
April 12, 2013
This film is as true-to-life for an adult with Asperger's syndrome as a movie can get, where Lou Taylor Pucci (The Answer Man, Brotherhood) stars as Luke, a 25 year old man with Autism. Luke used to live heavily supervised by his two grandparents since he was a young boy after his mother abandoned him and left him on their doorstep. When his grandmother falls ill and dies, he is left to be looked after by his Uncle Paul (Cary Elwes, The Princess Bride) and their family after the early on antagonistic Aunt Cindy (Kristin Bauer van Straten, True Blood) throws his grandfather in a nursing home. At the suggestion of his persistently testy grandfather, he is to "get his shit together like everyone else" so he can grow up and be a man with a paying job that will allow him to find a girl and screw-precisely in that direct order. But there's a problem with Luke finding a job as he has no skills except his cooking where his grandmother taught him how to prepare twenty-three dinner entrée's plus breakfasts and no desserts yet. This lands him as an unpaid trainee for a local technical company filing mail and pushing a coffee cart. There, he meets his witted and seemingly abusive supervisor Zack (Seth Green, Without a Paddle, Family Guy) who turns out to be the only one in the building to understand Luke on a non-neurotypical level throughout the movie. After it's all been said and done, having Luke around in his new household only brings his relatives closer to one another including his used-to-be spiteful Aunt and he learns a thing or two about a normal human existence which is something anyone with Autism has issues grasping tightly to.

Throughout the movie, one can expect to be wowed by excellent acting from the cast which no doubt was meticulously selected for each role. Prepare to learn a fair amount about Autism while watching the film, as it does touch very close to the life of an Autistic individual but peppers in some overt characteristics which at certain times throughout the movie were a bit overly-dramatic. The movie has a moving plot and writer Alonso Mayo implements a moving story line that can be followed only if you pay close attention to what is going on. It is a movie that does lack a fair amount of substance, but yet is eager to follow every viewer through to the very abrupt ending. Whilst The Story of Luke is relatable to individuals and families affected by Autism, it can certainly be easy for viewers not affected to still appreciate the film at surface value.

Overall I give this film a welcomed 3 out of 5 stars, and feel that everyone should watch it at least once.
April 10, 2013
Best movie of 2013 to date. This is a story of acceptance of those who are different. A story that highlights the absolute fact that EVERY soul has a purpose in this life. A story that shows that it's COOL TO BE WEIRD! AUTISM speaks loudly in this movie. This is a story of hope, not only for autistic individuals...but for all of us who consider ourselves to be "normal."
April 7, 2013
Absolutely amazing! As the parent of a teenager with autism who is trying so hard to figure out who he is and what his future holds I cannot express what this film means to me! Thank you for caring enough to make it and for getting it so RIGHT! Please see this film people!
April 7, 2013
Wonderful movie! Very touching, yet funny story of a young man with autism who wants to live life to its fullest!
April 6, 2013
I loved this movie! :D
April 6, 2013
My favorite thing about this movie is the way Luke impacted the lives of those around him and changed their perception of him and others like him.
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