Fly Away (2011)Closed Captioning
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A powerful film directed by Emmy Award winner Janet Grillo (Autism: The Musical), FLY AWAY narrates the story of Jeanne (Beth Broderick, Bonfire of the Vanities, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and her autistic teenage daughter, Mandy (Ashley Rickards, One Tree Hill). Jeanne has cared for Mandy since the day she was born, growing closer every day to a child who is charmingly offbeat one moment and nearly impossible to manage the next. In the dog park, Jeanne encounters Tom (Greg Germann, Ally McBeal, Friends with Money), an easygoing and accepting neighbor who sparks a romantic interest, but she finds juggling Mandy’s care and her own career leaves little room for a new man. As the pressures of work and her child’s needs increase, she must decide whether or not to enroll Mandy in a therapeutic residential facility. Over the course of a few weeks, Jeanne is confronted with the most difficult decision a parent can make: to let go, allowing her child to grow, but also grow apart; or to hold on tight and fall together.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 13
- Fresh: 11
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A defiantly unsentimental look at the complex codependency between a harried single mother and her severely autistic daughter.
Fresh: [Fly Away offers] exceptional performances by two femme leads and sensitive but unsentimental storytelling throughout.
Fresh: The lovely, heartbreaking "Fly Away" benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo.
Rotten: A well-meant drama that never transcends its earnest aims, Janet Grillo's feature debut is notable mostly for an heroic turn from lead Beth Broderick.
Fly Away is fly
Amazing! I was in tears. Well done. This film deserves an oscar.
This is a little gem of an indie film. Which Hollywood studios would NEVER make. The critics got it right! Agree that FLY AWAY is gripping, unsentimental yet poignant, dramatic but still entertaining, and the performances are amazing. I was a bit hesitant to watch it, given that this subject matter is tough. But SO HAPPY I DID! This film is uplifting and really engaging. Not a hokey, Hollywood kind of "happy" ending, but a really earned sense of positivity and hope. Story is about love btween a parent and child. Autism is not the subject. Love is. DEFINITE RECOMMEND
Exceptional in is honesty
Brutally honest in its portrayal of life with autism. Watch this movie.