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Up Syndrome (2000)

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University of Texas student Duane Graves chronicles his charismatic childhood chum Rene Moreno, a San Antonio native with Down Syndrome, in this playful, stirring, remarkably unique portrait documentary.

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Perfect title for this movie.
20 June 2009 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

I have a pal who has Down Syndrome. And there's a sentence that the director says that truly struck home with me. He said, "He never seemed like he was down." Ain't that the truth. It's a funny thing, when it appears life has given you an unfair card, only the best of us can turn it into a positive. And that's what it seems most people with Down Syndrome tend to do. I'm not gonna lie. I say the word "retard" quite a bit. Either referring to a friend, my brother, a pet, or hell, even myself from time to time. I usually use the word when I'm calling something really dumb. But the funny thing is, when I watch anything based on people who are handicapped, I never even think of calling them retards. And why should I? With my pathetic mood swings, and bouts of unhappiness, the only thing dumb and retarded is my attitude towards life.

Up Syndrome is a really entertaining look into the life of Rene Moreno. Made by one of his best childhood buds, you're given a glimpse into the life of this young man as he talks about his love-life, work, video games, death and even his love for horror flicks. Dead Alive, The Untold Story and Evil Dead 2 are some of his favs. Three of my favs as well.

This is a intriguing and very entertaining look into a one-of-a-kind guys' life and is also great documentary for someone looking to understand Down Syndrome that much more. Too bad he's not a Celtics fan. Go Celts! :)


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