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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Funny, emotional, great!
29 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Best movie at the Austin Film Festival. One of the best movies of the year. Funny, emotional, and one of the few recent movies that is generally unpredictable.

Michael Rapaport is brilliant. He has a subtlety about him that I did not expect from his TV show, "The War at Home." He has scenes of great physical comedy, and emotional scenes that nearly brought a tear to my eye.

I don't want to give away anything about the story. The log-line gives all the information for you to know what the movie is about. Seek this movie out. Take your friends with you.

It is too easy for us to just exist throughout our lives. It is up to us as individuals to make ourselves truly Special.

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