When it comes to disorders like Asperger’s syndrome, we need more movies like Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Joyful Noise – the former’s best picture Oscar nomination hopefully will only raise more awareness about it. It’s the ignorance of the signs of autism (including Asperger’s) that leads to teasing, impatience, frustration and intolerance…which leads to people afflicted with autism being bullied, beat up, ostracized and even fired.
Can Hollywood Help Re-Shape People’s Attitudes About Autism?
Tara McNamaraThe Blogger Bunch
Tara is a kids' movie expert and the editor-in-chief of KidsPickFlicks.com, the movie site where all kids are movie critics. She is a regular contributor to Variety's annual Youth Impact Report and has an extensive background in radio and television, including working as a film analyst and Family Flicks Movie Critic for Reelz Channel. Tara thinks Hollywood needs more of Steve Zahn, despises when grown-up movies are marketed to kids, and would probably vote for Tom Hanks for president. When Tara is not at the movies, she's exploring new restaurants with her husband and three children.