- 1 hr 42 min
Molly is a 1999 drama film that stars Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart, and Jill Hennessy. The movie tells the story of Molly McKay, a woman with autism, who is taken out of an institution where she lived most of her life and enters the 'real world'. The story begins with Molly, a young woman in her 20s, living in an institution where she receives care and therapy from her doctors, including Dr. Susan Brookes (played by Hennessy). One day, Molly's brother Buck (played by Thomas Jane) comes to visit her and tells her that their father has died, and she must leave the institution and return home to live with him. Buck is not sure that he can take care of Molly, but he wants to try. He hires a caretaker, Sam (played by Eckhart), to help Molly adjust to her new life outside of the institution. Although Molly struggles to adapt to life on the outside, she finds a friend in Sam, who is patient and kind to her. As the movie progresses, we see Molly's journey as she tries to fit in with society. We see her struggles with social interactions, her difficulty with making friends and finding a job, and her growing romantic feelings towards Sam. At the same time, we see the people in her life grow to accept her for who she is, and we see Molly's own self-acceptance and newfound confidence. At the heart of the story is Molly's relationship with Sam. As Molly begins to trust him, she opens up to him in ways that she has never done with anyone else. Sam is patient and understanding, and he helps Molly discover her own worth and potential. The performances in this movie are outstanding, with Elisabeth Shue delivering an incredibly nuanced portrayal of Molly. She captures the character's joy, fear, and frustration in a way that feels authentic and heartfelt. Aaron Eckhart is also excellent as Sam, providing a nuanced performance that is both tender and realistic. Overall, Molly is a touching and thought-provoking movie that explores the challenges faced by people with autism. It offers a sensitive portrayal of a person with autism and the struggles they face trying to fit into a world that often values conformity over individuality. At the same time, it is a hopeful story that celebrates the power of human connection and the ability of people to grow and change.