Please Stand By

6.71 h 32 min2017X-RayPG-13
Wendy is an independent and brilliant young woman with autism. To submit her script on-time for a Star Trek screenplay competition she sneaks out of her group home and travels hundreds of miles not letting anything stop her from achieving her goals.
Ben Lewin
Dakota FanningToni ColletteAlice Eve
English [CC]
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River AlexanderPatton Oswalt
Daniel DubieckiLara AlameddineTodd WagnerBen Cosgrove
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AlexReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
positive light but Please Stand By did a great job of allowing viewers to glimpse into what it ...
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More than just a film about a fan fiction, this movie shed light on so many things related to autism. It showed how many people who provide services to the public may not know about autism, signs to look for, or how to appropriately help someone who has it or a related disability. My friends were floored by the way Wendy was treated by service professionals but it is an all too real experience for those with "invisible" disabilities. It also brings up the dialogue about adults with disabilities living in society and presents one of many living options for people with disabilities. Gone are the days of mass psychiatric institutions and their stigmas but that seems to be all Hollywood portrays! It is a topic rarely shown in a modern, positive light but Please Stand By did a great job of allowing viewers to glimpse into what it looks like to live or work in a group home. In addition to showing autism in a positive light and in a female, a character rarely ever seen in film, I appreciated the pace of the movie as well as the Star Trek references. Do know this movie is more about a woman's plight and fight than about Star Trek. It's an uplifting film and one that anyone who has a connection to autism or even Star Trek should add to their watchlist.
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AnaniasReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Endearing Character in an Awesome Movie
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This movie presents a stereotypical picture of autism. Some people might find this offensive, but how interesting would the movie be if the script writer had not used an extreme example of an autistic person? Some autistic people really are just like the character in this film. Personally, I loved the movie, and I am autistic. I felt an immediate affinity with Dakota Fanning's character, who was presented as a highly intelligent and creative person with a lot of love in her heart for her older sister, her baby niece, and her chihuahua.

This is one of the best movies that I have watched for long time, insomuch that it now ranks among my all-time favorites. Just keep in mind that not all autistic people are like the character in this film. You have probably encountered a lot of us without ever knowing it. :-)
44 people found this helpful
Dallas BReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
They got it "mostly" right - with some glaring caveats
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One can never go wrong with either Dakota Fanning OR Patton Oswalt in any film endeavor. Toni Collette is also a favorite of mine. I am an adult autistic activist and mother to an autistic daughter, so this is refreshing to see a young autistic woman as the heroine of her own story. I did like that they showed Wendy as a creative writer, since I am one myself; we're not all math/science whiz kids. Representation matters so much! HOWEVER........

Spoiler alert :

What had me cringing is a scene about eye contact at the beginning of the movie. It WAS realistic as many therapists do tend to fixate on this whole concept of eye contact being somehow necessary for anyone. It isn't, and I really-really-REALLY wish the world at large would stop treating eye contact as an indicator of either good moral character or intelligence. But that has nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself, and it's more of my own pet peeve when it comes to how people view and treat autistic people.

Overall, this movie made a few small steps forward in more realistic portrayals of autistic women, but still very stereotypical, with some glaring misperceptions that could have been more accurately depicted. I continue to hope that film makers will seek out guidance from #ActuallyAutistic people before rushing in for a feel-good response from moviegoers. Many of the autistic women I have the honor of knowing have fantastically snarky senses of humor, we don't all wear specific clothing set out for each day of the week, and we display more emotion than the cliches allow.
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StevenReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
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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

Sometimes-no-always- care
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T. FultonReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully Done
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A lot of thought went into this. It would have been easy to get it wrong and make a mess of such a sensitive topic near to so many families. But they pulled it off well. Ms. Fanning deserves a lot of credit for an engaging performance. The emotionally challenged character wonders away from the group home and discovers life, not just how to cross the street, but the good side and bad side of humanity. The viewer is pulling for her. If anyone deserves to have their script used, she does; she speaks perfect Klingon. The portrayal of the group home and the psychologist in charge (Toni Collette) is also very believable and well done. A very enjoyable movie.
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David A. ArroyoReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bad Marketing
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This movie is incredibly good, Which makes it so tragic how it was marketed. The movie is about a young woman who goes on a, for a lack of a better word, quest to deliver a script to possibly be made into a Star Trek movie. Living with autism, she struggles with managing her day to day life. Her sister thinks she's broken and her therapist is the only one she feels a real connection to. My wife works with autistic children and she said this is an accurate and respectful depiction of someone dealing with autism.

It's a very emotional and heartwarming film. This is a real gem. Which why it's so infuriating that the studio was too afraid to present this film as is to the general public. If you watch the trailers for the movie it's marketed as a vapid comedy. They make it seem like the film is about a quirky girl who goes on a road trip because she a Star Trek fangirl. They even show the scene with Patton Oswalt as the big joke of the trailer.

So the movie was seen as too frivolous by indie film watchers and too generic for mainstream moviegoers. Which is very sad because this film is a real gem that needs more attention. So you should totally buy this film and after watching tell your friends and family. It really deserves more press
6 people found this helpful
GiftbearerReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shows both the upside and the downside to autism well portrayed
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This film was a pretty accurate portrayal of an adult with autism. It's clear the writer did their research. There are alot more women with this condition than most people realize, as women tend to be better at hiding it. Often people on the outside looking in are either over-protective and treat the person like a child and as if they're not intelligent (when in fact many are extremely intelligent) or they don't see their autism and are overly judgmental. This reaction from others can be almost harder than the condition itself.

The trend is moving away from pushing conformity towards understanding of each one's strengths and weaknesses and acceptance of one's right to define oneself and live life on one's own terms. This movie illustrates this quite well and shows that people are capable more than those around them give them credit for.

A person can only succeed by risking failing.
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WinstonReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
the movie is not titled "how an autistic person behaves." !!!
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Many professional critics don't like this movie for not adhering to their view of the limited scope of an autistic person's abilities. Other professional critics got mad that the movie set limits on what an autistic person could do. Still other professional critics got mad because the movie is happy. Because, you know, everything about a real autistic person's life is supposed to be all sad.
The movie is great. Don't believe professional critics, especially when they think they're professional. They believe it is their job to find fault with movies. That's why, according to Wikipedia, the movie made nine thousand dollars on it's American theater release, and very few people went out to theaters to see this great movie. Because, you know, critics are professional, and have to do their job.
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