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The Black Balloon 2008
PG-13

  • Elissa Down
  • March 8, 2008
  • 97 mins
  • English
  • Drama
Thomas is turning 16. His dad's in the army and they've just moved to a town in New South Wales; his mom is pregnant; his older brother, Charlie, who's autistic, has his own adolescent sexual issues. Thomas finds Charlie an embarrassment in public, so when Thomas is attracted to Jackie, a girl in his swim class, Charlie presents any number of obstacles when she drops by their house, when the three of them go for a walk, and during a family birthday dinner. Can Thomas find a way to enter the world of teen romance and still be his brother's keeper, or is Charlie's disability going to prove more than Thomas can handle?

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This is a beautiful coming of age movie.

Thomas and his family just moved to a new town and he has to adjust to a new life with new people. On top of that he has to deal with his brother Charlie who is autistic. He meets a new girl who doesn't mind Charlie his behavior and forms a relationship with her, but things get complicated because of his brother Charlie.

This movie is truly a gem! The story is very well thought, moving and funny at times. This movie gives an authentic demonstration what it is like to live with someone who has autism. Both Thomas his father and mother show that they truly love Thomas despite his disability. Charlie feels that his brother gets all the attention and he wishes that his brother was normal. But in the end he realizes that that will never happen and tries to build a brother relationship with Thomas as good as it can be.

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