The Black Balloon (2008) Toni Collette gives it the old Little Miss Sunshine try in The Black Balloon as an edge-of-kooky, very pregnant mama presiding over a chaotic household.… 2008-12-05 PG-13 PT97M Drama Toni Collette Luke Ford Rhys Wakefield NeoClassics Films
Movie Review

The Black Balloon (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Black Balloon | Flat Balloon : Toni Collette plays the mother in this Australian flick
Flat Balloon: Toni Collette plays the mother in this Australian flick
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Dec 05, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 97 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Toni Collette; Distributor: NeoClassics Films

Toni Collette gives it the old Little Miss Sunshine try in The Black Balloon as an edge-of-kooky, very pregnant mama presiding over a chaotic household. But instead of a drolly drug-taking gramps, this Australian feel-good autism dramedy champions Charlie (Luke Ford), a sweet but seriously disruptive young man. Director and co-writer Elissa Down, who grew up with autistic 
 siblings, hints at real exhaustion amid all her movie's Down Under jauntiness. Charlie's condition is particularly hard on his younger brother, Thomas (Rhys Wakefield), especially as he negotiates his first teenage romance, with a girl of dewy, supermodel beauty played by dewy supermodel Gemma Ward. B–

Originally posted Dec 03, 2008 Published in issue #1025 Dec 12, 2008 Order article reprints