Extraordinary Measures

Synopsis: A Portland couple have two children with Pompe disease, a genetic anomaly that kills most before a child's tenth birthday. The husband, John, an advertising executive, contacts Robert Stonehill, a researcher in Nebraska who has done innovative research for an enzyme treatment. He has little money to fund his laboratory, and a thorny personality that drives away colleagues and funders. John and his wife Aileen raise money to help Stonehill's research and the required clinical trials. John takes on the task full time, working with venture capitalists and then rival teams of researchers. Time is running short, Stonehill's angry outburst hinder the company's faith in him, and the profit motive may upend John's hopes. The researchers race against time for the children who have the disease.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Tom Vaughan
Production: CBS Films
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
45
Rotten Tomatoes:
28%
PG
Year:
2010
106 min
$11,854,694
Website
97 Views

(PEOPLE CHATTERING)

Hi there.

Hi.

So glad to see you.

Kathy, could you take that?

Thank you.

JOHN:

It's my job to market this drug for

Bristol-Myers, and I'm telling you,

kids won't go for it unless

it tastes like bubble gum.

Mr. Crowley, you're late.

All right.

Thank you. Bye.

AILEEN:

"Everyone just walked by.

"'Why won't anyone buy our newspaper?'

SpongeBob wondered aloud.

"'They must be rock haters,

' said Patrick."

MEGAN:

John! Give it back to me!

JOHN JR.:

She's mine now!

Give me a minute, okay?

Give it back to me, John!

You save our spot. Got it?

You better give me

back my Fiona!

Help, Mom!

Help me! She's trying to kill me!

I'm gonna get you!

You can't escape!

No! Mom, help me!

(GIGGLES)

Just give it back to me.

Mom! She's trying to kill me!

Megan Kathryn Crowley.

If you kill your brother,

you cannot have your party.

Why not? He stole Fiona.

I didn't steal her, I kidnapped her.

I'm holding her for ransom.

Release the victim.

(GRUNTS)

Time to get ready for your party.

JOHN:
We've got to get

moving on the product launch.

PETE ON PHONE:

I'm just waiting on legal, John.

Damn it!

I just missed my train.

I'm gonna have to call you...

I agree.

How soon do you need it?

As soon as possible.

I'm presenting to my boss next week.

AILEEN:
John, we're loading up

the van right now. Come on!

Okay, we ready to roll, Kate?

My name is Jane.

Kate was yesterday, Mom.

Oh, I am so sorry.

The way the agency

shuffles day nurses on us,

you'd think they'd, you know,

give you a number instead of a name.

Mmm-hmm.

Okay, John.

John, come on, get

your butt in the car.

John.

Are you bringing your RipStik?

Yes.

Do you have to?

Yes.

JOHN:
...a pain, that's why.

Wait, I gotta catch a cab.

Hi. Come here.

Hey, hey. Hello?

Daddy's meeting

us there, right?

AILEEN:

Absolutely.

I am sure he has

everything under control.

JOHN:

Taxi!

DRIVER:

You need a hand?

Great. I'm sorry,

I'm sorry. I'm kind of in a hurry.

Go.

Come on, come on, come on...

(KIDS CHEERING)

Yes!

KIDS:

Yes!

He totally promised

he'd be here by now.

He's on his way, baby.

He's on his way.

ALL:

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday, dear Megan

Hi, guys.

(LAUGHING)

Get in there and give her a kiss.

I know.

I don't wanna hear it...

Go, go, go.

Happy birthday.

I made it.

Yay!

ALL:
Yay!

Make a wish, Megan.

(KIDS CHEERING)

Who wants cake?

KIDS:

I do!

Line up single file,

or no cake for you.

All right,

how many do we have?

I'm first!

Me first!

No, I'm the big guy.

GIRL:

Back to the end of the line.

So, where is Fiona

going, anyway?

Lollipop Land?

I'm 8, Daddy.

I'm not a baby anymore.

She's driving to Antarctica

to see the penguins.

Really?

That's pretty far away.

Why doesn't she just go

to the Portland Zoo?

They have a lot of

penguins there, too.

Haven't you ever

heard of adventure?

Yeah.

It's gonna take her years.

Oh?

Won't she need a suitcase?

It's an adventure. You don't

need a suitcase on an adventure.

Well, I don't know about you,

but if I was going on an adventure,

I would take a suitcase.

That's 'cause you're a businessman.

That's right. I am.

And you're 8 years old.

And happy birthday. And I love you.

Love you, too, Daddy.

Good night.

See you in the morning.

Good night.

Nighty-night.

Sweet dreams.

Good night, Dad.

Good night, Daddy.

Night, buddy.

(PHONE RINGING)

(TRUCKIN' PLAYING)

One of these days

they know they gotta get goin'

Out of the door and

down on the street all alone

Truckin',

like the do-dah man

Once told me

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Robert Nelson Jacobs

Robert Nelson Jacobs (born 1954) is an American screenwriter. In 2000, he received an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Chocolat. In 2014, Jacobs was elected president of the Writers Guild Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting and preserving the craft of writing for the screen. more…

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