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A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, Wendy, played with exquisite delicacy by Dakota Fanning, follows the guiding spirit of Mr. Spock on her journey into the unknown. “It is there for us to conquer, not to fear.”
This movie begins with an evocation of space, with shots of a sci-fi desert and a voiceover describing characters we all know pretty well. Dakota Fanning, in the role of a woman we’ll soon know as Wendy, is narrating a “Star Trek” adventure. Is there some copyright infringement issue here that we should know about?
Not to worry, if you are the sort to worry about such things. Wendy, who has a form of autism and has to live apart from her sister, whose relatively newborn baby could fall victim to Wendy’s inability to process anger properly, is a big “Star Trek” person. She’s hell bent on completing an epic (500 pages total) “Trek” film script to submit to a Paramount Pictures-sponsored script-writing contest. (The idea of such a contest actually being sponsored by Paramount, incidentally, is more far-fetched than any “Star Trek” movie or episode; on the other hand, “Star Trek” fan organizations regularly have fan-fiction competitions and such.)
The early portion of the movie sees Wendy struggling in various contexts—with her therapist/caregiver, Scottie (good name!), who thinks she’s making considerable progress; with sister Audrey, who’s still more than a little scared of Wendy’s sudden rages; and with her colleagues at the Cinnabon where Wendy works, tentatively. Soon the focus homes in on the script, and the plot turns on a single fact: having missed getting the script in the mail on Saturday, Wendy realizes “There’s no mail pickup on Sunday, and Monday’s a holiday” and so she’s going to miss the deadline for the submission. She’s close enough to Los Angeles to take the bus, but given that Scottie and (implicitly) Audrey have forbidden her from crossing a particular street in their town, and she’s been obeying that order since forever, she’s pretty challenged in road-tripping.