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Special
Actor: Michael Rapaport
Director: Hal Haberman;Jeremy Passmore
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2009     1hr 21min

Les Franken (Michael Rapaport) is a kind-hearted and soft-spoken man who loves reading comic books. He s the type of guy who most people walk by on the street without even — noticing. However, everything changes for Les the...  more »

     

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Actor: Michael Rapaport
Director: Hal Haberman;Jeremy Passmore
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/31/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 21min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Rappaport doesn't disappoint.
P. Fulbright | St. Louis, MO | 04/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone who is a fan of Michael Rappaport is sure to love this movie but even if you aren't a known fan of his, this movie has a lot to offer.

I would suggest not reading too much about the plot because honestly I felt the way they promoted this movie was right, they just stuck to telling you he takes an experimental drug and gets super powers. But the synopsis on just about every site out there spoils a fairly early "twist" and I ddon't see any reason for it.

Without giving much away this movie has a lot of really nice "human" moments. Those moments that most people out there can really connect to the character with. Some are funny, some are sad, some are just plain strange.

But one thing this movie doesn't do is disappoint.

If you are unsure, either download it from Amazon Unbox or rent the movie from your preferred renter, but definitely give this movie a shot, you may find, like me, that it will make a spot on your DVD shelf to call it's home."
Yes!
S William Shaw | The Nether | 05/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is what I watch movies for. This is what keeps me searching through the endless piles of junk. This movie is a story that will linger. Completely memorable, and brilliant! One of the best movies I've seen in a while."
It's not easy being a superhero...
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 04/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Special"
(Magnet Films, 2009)
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This is an intense, and rather depressing film about a mild-mannered Joe Schmoe (wonderfully played by Michael Rapaport) who thinks he has tapped into his hidden superpowers after he takes part in an experimental drug program. Is what he experiences real or not? Well, the film actually answers this question immediately: he is in fact delusional, but because his delusions involve a sense of power and invulnerability, he soon places himself in great physical danger.

Rapaport is quite good in this role, giving a moving, multi-layered performance, and he is generally matched by his supporting cast. (Particularly strong are his schlubby friends, who own a comicbook store -- their reactions to the announcement that their friend has superpowers is *not* what you'd expect.) Although towards the finish, this film becomes unrelentingly bleak and harsh, it is an interesting exploration of the psychology and mythology of "specialness" which pervades American culture. Are we all special? Should we hope to be? Here's one perspective that you might not have seen before... And certainly a strong role for Rapaport, whose puppy-dog qualities have seldom been used so well. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film blog)"
Quirky, strange but interesting
Stephen Ashley | Florida, USA | 12/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I don't want to give details here because it would spoil the movie for you. I just want to say that this was an interesting, creative movie. It wasn't at all what I expected from reading the DVD cover. There was a twist I can't go into detail about without giving a spoiler. Regardless, I found myself very interested all the way through. Watching this movie was kind of like working on a puzzle, and the viewer has to solve it. The lead actor was excellent and the story was, well... strange but intriguing. I don't know anything about the behind the scenes issues with this movie, but I'd guess it was low budget, independent film because of the style of shooting and the quirkiness of the story. I would say that this would be a movie to rent if you have already seen those on the top of your list."