WhatI liked was, until she got her money stolen, half way through (when I shut this movie off), they had autism spot on. This is very rare. I have never seen a show or movie that actually portrayed a person with autism correctly. NOW. WE (and I have autism - Aspergers) ARE NOT GULLIBLE OR STUPID). We arent going to leave our back pack hanging around with hundreds of dollars in it to be stolen. It is an insult and a slap in the face that they put this in a movie. It ruined a perfectly delightful movie that actually got autism right in the beginning.
Now about the lady at the start who ran the home... This is how most people act... They either get it wrong... how to treat people with autism, they either assume they are dumb, they use these obsurd coping strategies (when these strategies actually only help them), or they pretend to care, and then abandon the autistic person to get on with their lives (i cant tell you how many times I have been kicked out of a store or class by an owner or teacher-after they say they care...) We are all connected in this world. But people cant see farther than their own face.
Finally,, most people even with low functioning autism, are smarter than the average person... a good example is Einstein... YES he had low functioning autism, especially as a child. But, NO lets put him in a freaking home to rot instead of helping him. We never would have understood relativity if no one cared like no one seems to or "pretends to" as long as it does not effect their life.
I despise this movie because it reminded me of the truth, and it reminded me of worse than it.
I gave it one extra star because the writers it right in the beginning, and Dacota Fanning (please excuse the spelling) was amazing... like she usually is.
the rest of you.... I hope you all got broke making this movie, which is more than you deserve