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O. M. G! This movie is great, with some violence thrown in. I didn’t want to watch this movie at first because of the trailer and the violence I thought it was all about, but I ended up watching it and loved it.
It’s about one man with Asperger’s and the life he lived. It shows the major events of his childhood and how he would ultimately be raised … and then what he would become as an adult.
You see the seemingly common mom and dad disagreement on how to parent their Asperger’s child.
You’ll watch a parenting strategy that shapes both kids (one NT, one Aspie) in ways that don’t make sense but I’ve always thought about!
Gross Point Blank is a movie I think of where they talk about the main characters flexible morals around killing people. That thought makes me laugh and cry all at the same time.
I think you’ll enjoy an excellent adventure movie with a well depicted storyline about Asperger’s woven throughout the film. You’ll see sibling relations, family difficulties, personal trials and tribulations of the Aspie from childhood to adulthood, people who want to help, people who don’t know how, and more.
One scene that has stuck with me is his reaction as an adult to one of his OCD requirements not being met. He didn’t get to “finish” a project he was hired for and the result of that is very impactful. Aye-yae-yae. It feels as if it could be more accurate than I would hope it would be, but such is life with a different brain.
I absolutely recommend this movie if you don’t mind some violence.
Did you see this incredible movie yet? It wasn’t what I expected from the trailer, but it turned out better than I thought.
I found this to be a story of how people can so easily and quickly fall in love with someone different, someone like our different brainers. There’s a hero, a victim, antagonists, steady life moments, and triumph. I found there to be a sense of rescue, acknowledgement of differences, friendship, love, community rallying, individual revelation, and love.
It’s a story about one influential man creating “right” actions in a small town… and it wouldn’t have been expected, but the connection of the initial bullying event turned one man a direction he probably wasn’t expecting.
And how amazing would it be to have this happen in every town for both sides of the experience?
It begins with bullying, most likely because of the “difference” and “color” of one person compared to others, but even that became an incredibly powerful lesson for everyone involved by the end of the movie.
And then to watch how our different brained friend reached back out to the bullies was a very real part of our Aspie friends in my opinion. It was a show of humanity that so many don’t ever get to see, but is very real for high-functioning autistic people. They don’t want to hurt people, they don’t want others to be in trouble because of them, but certain moments don’t allow their brains to show that in certain situations. But after the fact, they can reach back out and make amends and apology.
I highly recommend this movie and hope it inspires you to go that extra step in reaching out to others in your community.
Highly Recommended to you!
First Claire Danes was simply incredible in this movie. I find that when the acting is excellent, I can completely immerse myself in the story. And I was completely immersed in this movie from start to finish.
I think so many of the things they shared about Temple were close to Michael that I could relate to my core experience of parenting him. From the genius, from the way her and her mother interacted, to just about everything interaction I was mesmerized by how it related to my life and how I was doing things I agreed with and some I didn’t agree with.
After watching this movie, I definitely started pushing Michael more toward his discomfort level than I had before I watched it. Temple’s mother, who wrote A Thorn In My Pocket, fights back and rebels against the recommendations and is determined to give her daughter the mainstream experience she knows is what she wants for her daughter.
I was much more determined as a mother after watching this movie because I could see where the lessons, even about deodorant, were learned by Temple. She was a learner even though her style and mannerisms weren’t typical. She clearly understood most of what was happening, but her gifts of wanting to know more and figure things out – like the dimension project at one of the schools – brought the gifts of her “high-functioning autism” or “Asperger’s” or “whatever label works for you” and the community more together.
I think we ultimately have a common goal of working together, like I’m talking about every one of us as human beings on this small rock we call Earth. In the micro sense, I see Temple Grandin’s mother and family in this movie showing a solid path of how to integrate and accept all of our differences rather than separate and isolate as we so often see in real life.
I also love, LoVe, LOVE, loVe how her mother was such a pioneer with her child! If you want to feel empowered to raise your child with your goals in mind and not at the hands of recommendations from doctors and therapists you disagree with, this movie (in my opinion) will help light that inner fire to be the Mama Bear you want to be.
Definitely see this movie if you’re on this journey of raising a different brainer or if you’re a different brainer yourself.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Here’s a movie I’ve watched more than once, but that’s not because of the acting. 😉 It’s because I love the story so much.
You’ll see how siblings become the parents and play the parenting role… big time.
You’ll see how far we’ve come from the past and the diagnosis and judgment on our children.
You’ll see how there are people who accept our children just as they are. Well, they not only accept different brained human beings, but they fully embrace them!
It happens more often than I’m aware of because I think our brains are wired to remember the “dangerous” interactions we’ve had, but when I really stop and think about it, my family mostly has positive interactions.
This movie shows some gorgeous moments of love and triumph in the fight for our children, even when it’s against the law.
This movie has real characters that make mistakes, work together, love each other, fight with each other, and have to make some damn hard decisions.
I definitely recommend this movie and hope you love it!
Silver Linings Playbook
This was a great movie with lots going on, and I recommend it if you just want to have an enjoyable few hours.
You see the whole family dynamic thing of where the kids got their tendencies, the relationship between the couple, the kids, the routines, the OCD stuff, just all of it.
You see real life scenarios where these brains get triggered and can’t come back from their mental state. In this one, he ends up going to jail and at one point he ends up hurting his mom.
I get that ya know. I get that they just can’t hold anything else and the people closest to them are the ones that get the physical result of holding too much.
It’s funny in so many parts, sweet in lots of parts, poorly acted in some parts, and overall is a really great film about one more life with a different brain and how they make it through and eventually get to where they’re going.
Sweet, kind, funny, interesting to watch the parallels in your own life, and I do recommend this movie if you take time for pure entertainment.
Just so you know this page is for real and I’ve watched these movies, I absolutely do not recommend this movie, I don’t think I made it past 10 minutes in fact.
It was highly recommended to me because of my son, but dude … bad. Very bad.
This is my opinion and if you enjoyed this movie, that is very happy.
Whoa. This movie was intense for me.
I saw this with a large group of parents, therapists, psychologists, and educators who put it together for a focus group evening.
It was so real and so hard with such an incredible depth of what was going on in their life. And what a life it was. It doesn’t feel far from the truth of some of our Aspie freinds and what some of their families go through.
Here’s a thought I ponder often that I thought of after watching this: If I hadn’t been able to stay at home with Michael and fill all the needs I believe he needed filled in the kind and loving way I was able to, I absolutely feel that Michael would have become one of these kids unable to deal with change in a non-destructive way.
Side note from Mica: Put into other words, I think my parenting is what helped Michael to not be destructive as a result of his different brained triggers. I gave him lots of attention, incredible amounts of patience during and throughout his break-downs. I shared lots of intellectual feedback on what might have been happening with his thoughts and how we could make different choices when those situations came to be.
I was completely devoted 24-7 to my son, who I didn’t know had
The destruction of property. The expense of the repair. The level of trauma for the person who can’t hold what’s happening in their psyche to the family members who have to be with those moments, clean up after those moments, pay for the repair and the time it takes for those moments…
This feels so much like the genius tactics these kids are capable of thinking up to prove a point. I’m all “Hell Yeah!” at the end just pissed about what other people do to those who are different.
Just Add Water
Great movie, more thoughts coming soon!
Also, remember Jurassic Park? That kid was a total Aspie in my opinion:
Let me know if there are any I’m missing and I’ll be sure to watch and add them!
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