The Story of Luke

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I went to see The Story of Luke at the Garden State Film Festival last weekend. My cousin Lou Taylor plays the lead role, a young man on the Asperger’s end of the autism spectrum who is forced to get a job when his grandparents pass away, and he moves in with his uncle’s not-so-happy familly.

This is a movie that could have tread familiar territory- Rain Man and Down & Out in Beverly Hills- but it goes its own way. Lou never breaks out of his shell, he remains true to his character, and navigates life with his own pair of glasses. We see him contrasted with his grandfather, who has dementia, and the pathology of everyday people blindered by their own choices.

Seth Green is hilarious as a demented I.T. supervisor who sees him as a kindred spirit, and Cary Elwes is perfectly subdued as the successful man whose family is falling apart. Luke does not bring everyone together and save the world. He is an agent of change, but merely because his obsession is cooking shows, and he makes a few good meals.

The movie stays a comedy, and Luke remains who he is. Families of autistic children are championing the film at festivals because it gives a much-needed realistic and lighthearted view of the spectrum, where it isn’t a tragedy or a burden, but also doesn’t dodge the difficulties that family members have when dealing with autistic relatives. I enjoyed it a lot, and forgot I was watching my cousin up there.

You can watch The Story of Luke on iTunes or On Demand PPV, and in various local theaters.

 

wackiness runs in the family…

Goofing with Lou

My cousin Lou Taylor Pucci is in the new Evil Dead movie produced by Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. He gets to read the Necronomicon and unleash the ageless evil that will SWALLOW YOUR SOUL.

As you can see, goofiness runs in the family. Lou Taylor’s Dad- my cousin Lou- has an insane sense of humor, and always makes me laugh. He’s a musician and a magician, and his jokes demented my young brain as a child. I did my best to assist in dementing his kids, too. In my family, you either laugh or go crazy. Some of us did both.

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Lou being a li’l bitch in the face of the undead

EVIL DEAD opens tonight. I’m gonna go see it this weekend, probably the first matinee on Sunday.  I’ll be seeing Lou Taylor & family Saturday for the premiere of The Story of Luke, where he plays a young man with Asperger’s syndrome, dealing with challenges we take for granted- a job and a relationship. Seth Green co-stars in that one, and parents of autistic children are championing his realistic portrayal.

Lou Taylor is a very funny, talented fellow with a big heart. I hope you’ll all go watch him be torn to pieces by demons this weekend! I sure will. And the lucky skunk got to hang out with Bruce Campbell!

About the same face I would make
About the same face I would make