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MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for sexual situations and some nudity.

Reviewed by: Donna Caswell

Moral Rating: Average
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Older teen to Adult
Genre: Drama
Length: 1 hr. 27 min.
Year of Release: 1999
USA Release:
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Cover art for “Molly”
Featuring Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart, Jill Hennessy, Thomas Jane, Don W. Moffett
Director John Duigan

“Molly” is a feel-good movie with some redeeming qualities. I really enjoyed watching this movie with my two teen aged daughters. It is an inspirational film that leaves the viewer with the sense of the unsurpassable expression of the human spirit we all fail to express.

The story is about Molly (Elisabeth Shue), an autistic woman who comes to live with her brother (Aaron Eckhart) who must, in turn, learn how to share his home and live with his autistic sister. The opportunity of an experimental operation arises, possibly allowing Molly the chance to live a “normal” life. “Molly” allows us to see life from an autistic woman’s perspective.

From a Christian perspective the movie has a few problems. The parents are dead and the lack of discussion of eternity (heaven and hell) was somewhat disturbing but better left unsaid than perverting the truth. They do throw some evolution into the movie through the mention of millions of years and evolving from the apes.

There is some mild language with a couple of uses of the Lord’s name in vain. There is one scene where Molly takes all her clothes off in her brother’s office because she said she got hot. It was not an offensive act because she does not know better but two men make an unnecessary crude remark. She begins to love her brother and because of her innocence she makes suggestive remarks of waking up with him in the morning. On the way somewhere she asks her brother what a “blow job” is. This may bring questions from impressionable children. In one scene her boyfriend smells perfume around her cleavage (which can be seen).

If you can overlook the problems “Molly” promises to be worth your while, as long as the audience is mature teen to adult. Any children will most likely not catch the storyline. Recommended as an uplifting story about the human spirit.

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