|Lowest Recommended Age:||Middle School|
|MPAA Rating:||Not rated|
|Profanity:||Some strong language|
|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.