Please Stand By (2018)
Critic Consensus: Please Stand By hits a number of familiar coming-of-age beats, but adds just enough of a Trek-fueled twist to keep things interesting.
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as Police Officer Frank
as Geeksquad #1
as Tv Host
as Bus Passenger
as Little Girl on Bus
as Cinnabon Guy
as Geeksquad #2
as Young Wendy
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Critic Reviews for Please Stand By
Lewin can't quite transcend the inconsistencies and dwindling credibility of the concept or give the material a driving pulse, even with its race-to-the-deadline setup.
You can guess how most of its scenes will play before you even come to them, and it has a circumspect, sanitized quality, as if meant to be shown in group homes without causing undue upset.
Touches the viewer with the subtle emotional wallop of a feather brushing against the heart.
A sensitive character study whose story beats are a little bit overly familiar.
Lewin ... posits this as a whimsical road comedy, but I couldn't help questioning both the logic and the consistency.
Audience Reviews for Please Stand By
Dakota Fanning stars in the compelling character drama Please Stand By. The story follows a young autistic woman who writers a Star Trek script for a fan competition, but when she misses the mailing deadline she decides to make a trek to Los Angeles to submit her script to the Paramount studio in person. Fanning gives an incredibly good performance, and is backed by a strong supporting cast that including Alice Eve, Toni Collette, and Patton Oswalt. Additionally, the script is especially well-written; particularly in how it uses the Star Trek motif. And the soundtrack does an impressive job at setting a lighthearted yet earnest tone. Heartwarming and inspirational, Please Stand By is an entertaining film with a positive message.
Dakota Fanning gets her layup shot with the easy Hollywood trope of mental illness (nearly always Oscar material performances due to sympathy, see Rain Man), and does well as a woman who dreams of submitting her Star Trek script to Paramount Studios. It's a nice story without a lot of waxy yellow buildup, even if predictable.
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