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A dad goes it alone in the earnest autism drama 'Po'

A dad goes it alone in the earnest autism drama 'Po'

A good-hearted dad must juggle a high-pressure job, the passing of his beloved wife and the demands of their special-needs child in “Po,” an earnest drama that could have used a subtler, less didactic approach to its tender subject matter.

In telling the story of David (Christopher Gorham) and his 11-year-old autistic son, Patrick or “Po” (Julian Feder), director-editor John Asher and writer Colin Goldman (sharing story credit with Steve C. Roberts) are clearly motivated by a personal desire for authenticity: Asher and Goldman, as well as Roberts and Gorham, all have sons “on the spectrum.” (The late daughter of the movie’s composer, Burt...

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