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Autism: The Musical

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Profanity:Some strong language
Nudity/Sex:None
Alcohol/Drugs:Prescription drugs
Violence/Scariness:Tense and unhappy family situations
Diversity Issues:A theme of the movie
Movie Release Date:2008
DVD Release Date:2009

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, families can watch Autism – The Musical, about five families dealing with autism as they prepare for a musical performance. The film is illuminating in its depiction of the very different kids with very different abilities, a stark contrast to the one-dimensional portrayal of autism in movies like “Rain Man” or “House of Cards.” It is frank in its portrayal of the strains within the families of the children and between the families as there are clashes between and within the group. And it is deeply moving as we see the children’s courage and their evident joy.



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