Dakota Fanning is a younger autistic lady obsessive about successful a “Star Trek” screenwriting contest on this lukewarm comedy, which doesn’t dig a lot beneath the floor of her situation’s most cinematic quirks.
Fanning’s character, Wendy, lives in a bunch house and depends closely on routine to get by means of her days. Sweaters are color-coded to correspond to days of the week, and he or she is aware of to not cross San Francisco’s busy Market Road for any motive. She’s nonetheless vulnerable to shrieking, head-smacking meltdowns, like when her married older sister (Alice Eve) denies her request to return dwell with their household.
Regardless of all of this, Wendy in some way embarks on a solo quest to Los Angeles to ship her spec script to Paramount Footage in individual. Director Ben Lewin (“The Periods,” and the upcoming “The Catcher Was a Spy”) posits this as a whimsical highway comedy, however I couldn’t assist questioning each the logic and the consistency.
Dakota Fanning in “Please Stand By.”How is Wendy in a position to maintain it collectively in a world chock stuffed with supposed triggers? What’s extra, her supposed incapability to look individuals within the eye appears to return and go. Steadily her autism appears whittled all the way down to talking in an impassive monotone . . . however then, she additionally will get tearful desirous about how she will be able to’t ship her script on time — which is just a little complicated.
Patton Oswalt makes an amusing cameo as a Klingon-speaking cop, and Toni Collette is her standard sleek self as Wendy’s harried counselor, however in all it is a half-baked effort at humanizing autism — at its greatest when Wendy’s at her pc channeling the Vulcan voice of Mr. Spock, that intergalactic hero who was all the time so puzzled by human feelings.