'Kelly and Cal': A Fresh Look at Disabilities in Film

September 3, 2014 10:54 PM

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'Kelly and Cal': A Fresh Look at Disabilities in Film

It has been a while since a true indie grabbed my attention like Kelly and Cal which opens in theaters this week and is playing tonight to a sold out audience at The JCC in Manhattan. Juliet Lewis captures a forgotten tone with her portrayal of Kelly, a former rocker, turned new suburban mom. She is perfectly cast, as someone who was the symbol of young rebels in the 90's, and is now all grown up - or so you would think. The solid writing and great performances keep your attention throughout, but we selected this film for reasons beyond the obvious. What truly drives this film is its fascinating approach to disability.

Kelly meets a teenager, Cal, who after an accident feels confined to a wheelchair. Both feeling like outcasts in their new worlds, they make a connection. Despite not being an actor with a visible disability, Jonny Weston does a great job playing Cal. His character transcends the classic portrayal o...

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