• A Boy Called Po (2017)

A Boy Called Po

Release Date: September 1st, 2017

PG |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

When David Wilson's young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism. Patrick, who prefers to be called 'Po,' is a gifted but challenged child who was very close to his mother and unable to communicate his own sense of loss. As father and son struggle to deal with life after mom, they each begin to withdraw into their own worlds. David into the high pressure job he's close to losing and Po drifting away from the school where he's bullied into his magical fantasy world, the Land of Color, where he's just a typical carefree boy with a rich cast of other worldly companions. The growing divide between father and son and the challenges of single parenthood of a special needs child threaten to separate David and Po permanently. Based on a true story, the bonds of love between a grieving father and son are tested in the most real way in Po.

Cast: Christopher Gorham , Julian Feder , Kaitlin Doubleday

Director: John Asher

Genres: Drama , Fantasy

Production Co: New Coast Productions

Distributors: Freestyle Releasing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com

    The script tries to do way too much, but the film also moved me quite deeply a couple of times, mostly in the scenes between father and son. show more

  • 50
    Roger MooreMovie Nation

    Actor-turned-director John Asher’s warm and fuzzy picture undercuts a big chunk of the goodwill it earns by parking multiple endings after its climax, and beating its sappy theme song — a cover of The Carpenters’ “Close to You” — into our heads, scene after scene. show more

  • 50
    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times

    The film over-relies on blunt messaging, one-note villains (bullies, bosses, administrators, worst mall cop ever) and several stacked-deck situations to align us with David and Po, even if we’re inherently on their side from the start. show more

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