- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 18, 2000
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 10/22/1999
"...Ms. Shue infuses MOLLY with a flicker of joy....[She gives a] sweetly likable performance..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/22/1999
"...Shue is radiant....It is moving and has been well-crafted with much care..."
Molly (Elisabeth Shue) is a functioning autistic who has been living isolated in a government facility for the last fifteen years, after the death of her parents. When the government closes the facility down, her brother Buck (Aaron Eckhart), is forced to take her in, much to his dissatisfaction. When Molly is invited to participate in a radical new surgery to possibly revoke the symptoms of autism, Buck reluctantly agrees. At first the surgery doesn't appear to work but suddenly Molly opens up to the world and sees life completely differently, full of questions and confusing longings, Molly changes the lives of those around her forever.
John Duigan's film is the story of Molly (Elizabeth Shue), a functioning autistic with a learning disorder who was institutionalized when her parents died. Fifteen years later Molly is forced to reenter society after the government tightens its monetary belt. She moves in with her big brother Buck (Aaron Eckhart), who tries desperately to juggle his advertising career with his new responsibility, but Molly's antics cost him his job, and the frustrated Buck is unsure how to handle his eccentric sister. When Molly lands herself in an advanced facility and reunites with Sam (Thomas Jane), a loyal and thoughtful employee at her previous institution, everyone seems happy. Things change drastically when she becomes the prime candidate for undergoing an experimental surgery that will make her a normal and functioning human being. At first the surgery doesn't appear to work, but eventually she opens up, creating a whole new series of issues and deeper understandings. Her struggle to comprehend the outside world brings her closer to her brother and to all those around her. Molly's infectious joy and vision of the world changes those who come into contact with the free-spirited young woman.
- "Those lobsters live in a tank. They're someone's pets. Why would you eat someone's pets'"--Molly (Elizabeth Shue) to Buck (Aaron Eckhart)
- "There's a real person in there Mr. McKay. She wants to come out."--Sam (Thomas Jane) to Buck
- "I think that's what I find most strange about this world--is that nobody ever says how they feel. They hurt, but they don't cry out. They're happy, but they don't dance or jump around. And they're angry but they hardly ever scream. Because they feel ashamed. Nothing's worse than that. So we all walk around with our heads looking down and never look up and see how beautiful the sky is."--Molly to group at the Kerrans Institute