The movie Rain Man is a quiet, understated classic. It is a movie that rewards the viewer with an experience they will not soon forget. Usually in the industry, films depict the mentally or physically disabled simply to exploit their handicap to draw the audience’s sympathy.
Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of the condition of the main character has been seen to have encouraged a public and improper stereotype in media that claims that autistic individuals characteristically develop savant skills. However, Rain Man also dismisses many misunderstandings about autism and raises awareness of the failure to give accommodations to people with autism and make use of the abilities they do have, regardless of if they have savant skills or not. Rain Man has been listed as one of the best movies on the subject of autism and mental illness.