Jason was born with Down syndrome, and despite doctors telling his parents that he would never amount to anything, he proves them wrong. Jack is severely autistic and after many frustrating years, learns to communicate with his family and friends. Leah and Joe are little people who embrace their differences. In this film about people who are “different” and made to feel that way, Solomon discusses his homosexuality and the challenges it presented to his own parents.
Adapted from the New York Times bestselling book of the same name by Solomon, this thoughtful look at what constitutes “normal” takes us inside the lives of others with compassion and insight. Dretzin and Solomon explore the differences between a disability and an identity, and question society’s tendency to judge. The issue becomes muddied with a deeply troubled teenager, but this inspiring documentary shows that even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, parental love and attention can work wonders.