It is unclear what message this film is supposed to present, with all of its declaring itself to be "heartwarming". Mali, portrayed by a neurotypical actress, was kept a secret by her own mother, who then expects to be able to suddenly resume her role as a mother despite not being present for her whole life. Mrs. Tweezer's ambiguous, undiagnosed mental disorder is played for laughs despite being very serious. Although Mrs. Tweezer's unnamed condition impedes her ability to function far more than Mali's autism, it is not taken seriously at all. The content of the film is shockingly offensive. Simply because she is autistic, other people at the school try to get her expelled. When they finally relent, it is because Mali "inspired" them, fulfilling the pervasive "autistic angel" stereotype. Their actions are only seen as incorrect in this aspect: not because what they did was harmful and unjust to Mali as a human being, but because Mali was valuable to them as a source of inspiration. Autistic people have rights as people, not as inspirational objects. This film, with zero autistic cast members and its treatment of its autistic character as an angelic, cute child, is not heartwarming.
I loved this movie! so funny, dramatic, and really teaches sensitivity! I cant wait until the second one is available for purchase! (I watched the second one at a public showing)
VERY well done! Entertaining, emotional, humorous... everything you're looking for in a film! Ma, you're the best!!! Love, your best fan
Shoshana F. you rented mali?? i did not see it on rentals!
The video worked great, we had no problems with it. Living out of town it was nice to be able to rent a Jewish video online. Will most definitely do it again! Thank you for making this option available