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  • Summary: 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 whom he has loved since high school. (Elephant Eye Films) Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 15, 2011
    50
    By far the best scenes are shared by Sneider and his struggling but devoted mother, played by the seldom-seen Amanda Plummer.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jul 12, 2011
    50
    The bittersweet Girlfriend features Down syndrome actor Evan Sneider in its starring role, and he gives one of the better performances in writer-director Justin Lerner's obviously well-intended and affectionately made first feature.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 14, 2011
    50
    The overall mildness and inconsequence of Girlfriend is disrupted for a while by Amanda Plummer, who gives a vivid yet gentle performance in a small part as Evan's patient, protective mother.
  4. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Jul 12, 2011
    40
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jul 12, 2011
    38
    Girlfriend doesn't present us with anything life-affirming, challenging, or expectation-beating about a lead character with Down's.
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  1. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    Amazing and beautiful film. Definitely a must see for movie-goers. The film truly works to try and have the audience understand the plight of not just a man with Downs, but characters who sometimes feel hopeless and lost. Expand

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