A Groovie Movie Revioo …
By Vicki Luna (She, Her, Hers)
Atypical…Netflix series (2021)
The beautiful rainbow aspect of this series doesn’t appear until later in the season, but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying being intrigued by this well-acted story of a not-so-typical family.
The star and total focus of this unique household is Sam, a young man on the autism spectrum who is emerging into adulthood. The fam has been myopically centered on this wonderous guy since he was born. Understandable. But as Sam begins to embark on more adult adventures, Mom, Dad, and younger sister begin to also discover who they are as individuals beyond their roles as constant caretakers.
The changing of the family dynamic in the later episodes is both poignant and rejuvenating. I especially loved the brilliant performance of Sam’s best friend and co-worker, Zahid.
Created by Robia Rashid, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Rappaport, Bridget Lundy Pain ….TV 14.