The most beautiful aspect if this film is its intimate look at the diversity of New York society. Director Sam Fleischner does a brilliant job of capturing the authenticity of the city and its people, and fills the viewer with both a sense of urgency and terror as helpless Ricky is shunned, bullied, ignored, and unaided.
Ricky's journey can be seen as a metaphor for the educational system within which he is also shunned, bullied, ignored, and unaided. Ricky's mother is as unable to help her son here as she is when he is miles away. This film speaks volumes about a country that, corporate or otherwise, pushes aside rather than embraces mental health issues.