Special (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  17 November 2006 (UK)
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A lonely metermaid has a psychotic reaction to his medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero. A very select group of people in life are truly gifted. Special is a movie about everyone else.

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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 Lawrence Fells

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He's not your ordinary superhero.


Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Especial  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,232 (USA) (21 November 2008)


$6,387 (USA) (28 November 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
Les: [voice-over] 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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References When Animals Attack! (1996) See more »


In Front
Written by Bip Smedley and Kyle Hildenbrand
Performed by Mortimer Smedley
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A seriously under-rated masterpiece
2 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love this film. It's a bittersweet tale of life, loneliness, expectancy, and fulfilment.

The acting is superb, the storyline is original. The director gives the audience all the information in a concise way, enabling the viewers to immediately understand the scenario, and be able to both laugh at and sympathise with the protagonist throughout the rest of the movie.

Rapaport is incredible. His performance is under-stated and fits the character and the situation like a glove.

There is nothing wrong with this film at all. It's clever, it's funny, it's sad, and most of all, it's entertaining. I could watch this film over and over again. I was touched in the end. This is a lovely film.

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