A new mind. A new chance. "Flowers for Algernon" (2000) stars Matthew Modine as Charlie, a gentle, mentally handicapped man with an IQ of 68 who undergoes an experimental procedure and gains a genius-level intellect. As Charlie grows both intellectually and emotionally, he falls in love with his teacher (Kelli Williams) and soon comes to realize that many he thought were his friends were often having cruel laughs at his expense. He confides in Algernon, a lab mouse who underwent the same experiment. Based on Daniel Keyes' award-winning novella.