PG-13 | | Drama, Romance
All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?
Researching the role of Simon Mollison, a member of the Australian Army and the father of the family dealing with a son on the autism spectrum, Erik Thomson spent time in an army barracks and grew his own mustache rather than having the makeup department devise a prosthetic one for him. Since the family in the film is based on the family of director/co-writer Elissa Down, Thomson met with Down's parents--particularly speaking at length with her father--to better understand parenting a child with autism.
Simon the underwear goes on the inside.
Simon Mollison: Maggie please you don't have to worry about it.
Maggie Mollison: It's very embarrassing.
During the opening credits which appear over a montage of the Mollison family moving into a new home, the names of things, objects, and people in the frame are superimposed over them--such as "sky" and "lace curtains" and "brother"--in the same typeface and type size as the credits. The responsible staff person from the company that designed the opening credits was inspired by what he learned about autism because of involvement in this film, namely, what he came to understand of how people with autism see things, and by the way the film's character with autism, Charlie, uses sign language to identify things.