This is a poignant tale about a ten-year old girl, Harriet, played by Evan Rachel Wood, and an intellectually challenged man, Ricky, played by Kevin Bacon, who become fast friends. Harriet's family runs a motel to which Ricky and his mother come to and stay for about a week. Ricky's mother is on her way to admitting Ricky to a home for special-needs adults. Harriet's family objects to her growing relationship with Ricky. Yet, the relationship is so meaningful it touches your heart. At one point, the two run away together.
Evan Rachel Wood puts in a fine performance as the feisty, curious, bright, wondrous ten-year old Harriet. But it is Kevin Bacon who is truly outstanding as the intellectually challenged young man. He evokes sympathy. He imparts compassion. He plays this part superbly. He captures the essence of a physically challenged and intellectually challenged young man and expresses his conflicts and pains. He should have received an award for this film.
I enthusiastically recommend this film.