Evan is a young man with Down Syndrome who lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town hit hard by the recent economic recession. When he unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, Evan uses it to romantically pursue Candy, a girl from town who he has loved since high school. Candy, now a barely-employed single mom, is facing financial debt, possible eviction, and the inability to rid herself of Russ, her abusive, volatile, ex-boyfriend. In no position to turn down Evan's offers of financial support, Candy hesitantly accepts his gifts, which causes the pair to enter a complicated emotional entanglement. When Russ catches on to Candy and Evan's odd relationship, all three of them become intertwined in a complex triangle of secrets, jealousy, and revenge. Despite his many hardships and the seeming impossibility of Candy being able to return his love, Evan struggles to remain a resilient, pure embodiment of human compassion.
- Justin Lerner
- Shannon Woodward, Jackson Rathbone, Evan Sneider, Amanda Plummer
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Doesn't miss many cliches of small-town, working-class, going-nowhere life.Mike Hale, New York Times, 07.14.2011
A modest, uneven example of regional American independent film. But it has tremendous heart and integrity...Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 07.17.2011
Implausibilities mount, and by the last act Lerner appears to have lost any compunction he might have had about using his protagonist to tug the audience's heartstrings.Benjamin Mercer, Village Voice, 07.12.2011