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LES FRANKEN (Michael Rapaport) leads a painfully unremarkable life as a metermaid until he enrolls in a drug study for an experimental anti-depressant. An unexpected side effect of the drug convinces Les he is developing special powers and must quit his job to answer his new calling in life - Superhero. A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else. Written by
I used to dream about flying. It went the same way every night. I realized that I could fly. No that's not quite right, I realized that there was no reason I *couldn't* fly, and after that I'd float off the ground and soar above the city. But I haven't had that dream in a while now. Lately, I dream about more ordinary things, like doing my laundry, or shopping for groceries, or riding on elevators. I wonder why that is?
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This movie is a treasure. Michael Rapaport perfectly plays the part of the downtrodden protagonist Les, absolutely luring us in with his character's purity of heart. Without being gimmicky or vague, Haberman and Passmore's direction and writing achieve a complex balancing act in terms of what is really happening with Les. There is pathos, humor, and, ultimately, a tale that speaks to the underdog in each of us. Note the name of the lead character: Les, as in "less." Michael Rapaport has been around as an actor for a while now, but I can't say I've seen him in anything else. As Les in "Special" he has definitely made an outstanding first impression.
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