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The Black Balloon

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The Black Balloon

The Black Balloon

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
97 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/05/08
performer:
Toni Collette, Luke Ford, Rhys Wakefield
director:
Elissa Down
distributor:
NeoClassics Films
author:
Elissa Down, Jimmy Jack
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

Toni Collette gives it the old Little Miss Sunshine try in The Black Balloon as an edge-of-kooky, very pregnant mama presiding over a chaotic household. But instead of a drolly drug-taking gramps, this Australian feel-good autism dramedy champions Charlie (Luke Ford), a sweet but seriously disruptive young man. Director and co-writer Elissa Down, who grew up with autistic ? siblings, hints at real exhaustion amid all her movie’s Down Under jauntiness. Charlie’s condition is particularly hard on his younger brother, Thomas (Rhys Wakefield), especially as he negotiates his first teenage romance, with a girl of dewy, supermodel beauty played by dewy supermodel Gemma Ward. B?