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Leah1986's Movie Reviews (1)

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Rain Man 
Rain Man


“Rain Man” starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman was a great movie. Tom Cruise played Charlie Babbit and Dustin Hoffman plays Raymond who in the movie has Autism. In the movie, there are many instances where Dustin Hoffman’s character Raymond portrays Autism characteristics. One particular scene at the airport touched me. Charlie wanted to get Raymond to fly because he was so determined to get the million dollars that his father left in his will for Raymond. Raymond did not want to go on the plane because he was afraid the plane was going to crash. Charlie then tried to convince Raymond to get on the plane Quantas because he said “they never crashed”. Raymond had a meltdown at the terminal. This finally led Charlie to decide to drive instead. Raymond also did not want to drive on a major highway because Charlie and Raymond witnessed a deadly crash and Charlie was unable to convince Raymond that they were safe. They ended up driving the rest of the trip using a two lane highway. Raymond was so used to routine that during the trip, he would not be outside in the rain so he made Charlie get a hotel for the two of them. At his institution they are no allowed outside when it rains.
Charlie’s only thought is on the price and continues to strive to get closer to it. Raymond is used to his ritual TV routine and watching the same shows at exact times. When they are driving down a town road where there were no towns in the area, Raymond makes Charlie stop at a local resident’s house because he needs to watch The Peoples Court. During their trip, they also stopped at a restaurant where Raymond recites the waitresses’ name and telephone number. Raymond had read and memorized up to the Letter G in the phonebook. She also drops a box of toothpicks, spilling them all down on the ground and Raymond is able to calculate in his head how many fell to the ground, getting the number correct. Raymond also got upset at the Diner when his Maple Syrup was not on the table prior to the pancakes coming out. He also wanted to eat his same food for the days of the week that he was used to having the food.
Charlie has trouble with some life skills, and when Raymond and Charlie were in Oklahoma Raymond stops in the middle of a crosswalk after they don’t walk light begins flashing. Raymond just stands there while traffic was backing up. He did not have the ability to recognize the proper procedures for crossing the street. Raymond had a hard time excepting hugs and love from others. He did not recognize facial expressions and emotion. When Charlie tries to hug Raymond in the beginning of the movie, Raymond reacted violently to the physical contact. Physical contact was something that Raymond was just not used to. Along the way, Raymond experiences more hardships including getting in trouble at the casino but in the end he and his brother make a lasting connection. Overall, a great movie with a great ending and very heartwarming.


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