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Are Oscars Nominees' Health Plots Accurate or Malpractice?

'Extremely Loud'

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'Extremely Loud'

Dr. Markel says: "'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' documents one family's traumatic encounter with the 9/11 attacks. The father, played by Tom Hanks, perished in one of the towers, leaving behind a grieving wife, a somewhat obsessive and academically gifted son, Oskar, and a fascinating quest to complete: His father seemingly stowed an envelope labeled 'Black' containing a key that needs to be matched to a specific door and person behind it.

"At one point in the boy's life, his parents are so concerned by his behavior that they test him for Asperger's Syndrome, a milder variant of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Although the examinations are inconclusive, Oskar does demonstrate some quirky behaviors ranging from prodigious memorization of maps, intricate scrap-booking, and a decided dislike for changes in his routine. Still, as the boy is played in the film, he is too social for me, as a pediatrician, to feel comfortable applying the Asperger's label."

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