|| MOVIE || Molly
|| ROLE ||Supporting/Small Role
|| AS || Beverly Trehare
|| YEAR || 1999
|| BUDGET || $21 million
|| BOX OFFICE || USA: $17,650
|| BUY || UK DVD || US DVD ||
|| CURIOSITY || This is the first theatrically released movie with Elizabeth.
| Clips |
|| CAST ||
Elisabeth Shue as Molly McKay
Aaron Eckhart as Buck McKay
Jill Hennessy as Susan Brookes
Thomas Jane as Sam
D.W. Moffett as Mark Cottrell
Elizabeth Mitchell as Beverly Trehare
Robert Harper as Dr. Simmons
|| CREW ||
Directed by John Duigan
Produced by William J. MacDonald
Written by Dick Christie
Music by Trevor Jones
Cinematography Gabriel Beristain
Editing by Humphrey Dixon
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Elisabeth Shue plays the title character, Molly McKay, a 28-year-old woman with autism. She has lived in an institution from a young age following her parents’ death in a car accident. When the institution must close due to budget cuts, Molly is left in the charge of her neurotypical older brother, Buck McKay (Aaron Eckhart), an advertising executive and perennial bachelor. Molly, who verbalizes very little and is obsessed with lining up her shoes in neat rows, throws Buck’s life into a tailspin as she runs off her nurses and barges into a meeting at Buck’s agency naked.
Molly’s neurologist, Susan Brookes (Jill Hennessy), suggests an experimental surgery in which genetically modified brain cells are implanted into Molly’s brain. While Buck initially balks at the suggestion, he finally consents to the surgery and Molly makes a gradual but miraculous “recovery”, speaking fluidly and interacting with others in a “normal” way. Buck begins taking Molly to social events, like a production of Romeo and Juliet, a baseball game, and expensive dinners. However, after a few months, Molly’s brain begins to reject the transplanted cells and she begins to regress into her former state. Both Molly and Buck must accept the eventual loss of Molly’s “cure” and her regression to her previous state.
In the final scene of the film, Buck accepts Molly’s autism and vows to remain in Molly’s life by creating a room for her at his home that looks just like the room she had at the institution.
Elizabeth plays Beverly, a friend of Buck.