Just the Way You Are (1984)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Nov 16, 1984 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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In this standard human interest comedy, Susan Berlanger (Kristy McNichol) has been crippled since a child and has to wear a leg brace in order to get around, but that does not in any way prevent Sam (Robert Carradine) and several other men from being very attracted to her. Susan is a professional flautist with a ballet-company orchestra and is given a chance to travel to Europe for a concert tour, which she is more than happy to accept. Since she has doubts about relationships (do these men feel sorry for her?), she puts a cast on her leg and goes to a ski resort to find out what it is like to be treated "normally" by others. Once there, she meets a captivating photographer (Michael Ontkean) and falls in love -- but does not tell him the truth about her leg. Making matters even worse, a wealthy Frenchman courting Susan's roommate at the resort is an amputee -- he lost a leg in an automobile accident. Sooner or later, Susan will have to come to grips with her deception, her forthcoming marriage, and her interest in the photographer.

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girl, coming-of-age, handicap, music, romance, self-discovery, ski-resort