YMMV: Temple Grandin
- Dawson Casting: Danes plays Temple from high school to college (and beyond—from roughly ages 18 to 31) . They did have a child actor to play Temple when she was a baby, but there's only two scenes shown of that (and even then the girl supposed to be playing 4-year-old Temple looks 8.)
- Julia Ormond, who plays Temple's mother, could also count as this—she looks virtually the same across thirty years, playing her from 1951 to 1981.
- Nightmare Fuel: Anyone with autism or a similar condition who can relate to this film a bit more will find Temple's panic attacks too close to home.
- Even someone without autism or bipolar disorder or anything can find Temple's panic attacks scary as all hell, especially Temple screaming to her aunt to close the machine on her body while crying and screaming.
- Nausea Fuel: The ranchers covering Temple's front window with bull testicles.
- Made worse in that Temple just wipes it off with her hands and sleeves as if it were just mud. She even throws a little!
- Values Dissonance: A major theme in the movie. The differences now and in the 1950's/1960's in our understanding of autism is the obvious example. However, another example occurs when she is living with her aunt at the cattle ranch, where the ranchers constantly mock her desire to work in cattle ranching, because she's a woman. The same thing happens in Arizona as she's studying ranch operations.
- The Woobie: Beautifully averted by Temple, who's never portrayed in an overly sympathetic nor sentimental manner. We see her as a flawed but nonetheless remarkable woman, reacting naturally and realistically to difficult situations, while maintaining a clear sense of pride and a level-headed attitude throughout.