Emmy winner Claire Danes stars as Temple Grandin, a brilliant young woman coping with the stigma of autism at a time when it was misunderstood. With the support of her loving family, Temple dedicates herself to learning and becomes a famed animal behaviorist. Her passion for animals gives her a unique ability to understand them, and she fulfills her love of education by teaching about autism and the most humane ways to treat livestock and pets.
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- Mick Jackson
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that although this biopic about a woman with autism doesn't have much in the way of salty language, sex, drinking, or other strong content, its themes make it more age-appropriate for teens and adults. The film makes an effort to vividly capture the feelings and behavior of its main character -- who is autistic -- as well as the profound effect that her behavior has on her family and community. The movie's most disturbing scenes relate to the treatment of cattle as they're raised and prepared for slaughter: Sequences graphically them being prodded, trapped in tight areas, herded against their will, and dragged squalling through mud. Because some of these incidents are seen from Temple Grandin's heightened perspective, they can appear especially cruel. There are also intermittent flashbacks of kids taunting and laughing at Temple as she grew up and one scene in which mean-spirited cowboys pelt her car with bull innards and testicles.
- Sexual Content
- One mention of a possible sexual response to a self-designed "hugging box" that calms Temple when she's upset.
- Some scenes graphically depict cruel treatment of cattle. They're dragged through mud, trapped unwillingly in cages, and forced roughly through narrow spaces on their way to be inoculated and eventually slaughtered. Guts and bull testicles are thrown on the windshield of a car to frighten and discourage Temple. She sometimes has uncontrollable temper tantrums as well as disturbing visions or flashbacks of animals being mistreated and children teasing her relentlessly.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- The movie sends the message that people with special needs can be highly creative, very bright, and make substantial contributions to the world around them. It also says that having a supportive community of family, friends, and educators is instrumental in developing the strengths of autistic children and adults and that overcoming obstacles and standing up for yourself and your ideals in a positive and consistent way can result in success and significant achievement.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Cowboys hold beer bottles in a few scenes.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it