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'John's Not Mad' was obviously made as a serious documentary aimed at pointing out to viewers what was at the time a little known condition, 'Tourettes Syndrome'. It is a very informative documentary outlining the problems associated with Tourettes, such as a simple trip to the supermarket. However, unfortunately, it gained a, perhaps unwanted, cult status, due to the fact that these moments where problems are created are hilarious, though one feels guilty for laughing. A must-see for anyone with an interest in 'Tourettes Syndrome'. Also see the follow up documentary made more than a decade later, which deals with John and his life as an adult at 31.
This is a SERIOUS BBC documentary about tourettes syndrome that went on to become a cult-classic comedy, though you do feel guilty about laughing afterwards. This film follows around 16 year old John Davidson who suffers from full blown tourettes. Having self diagnosed myself as having a mild case of tourettes in my pre adolescent days i can completely empathize with poor John. Tourettes is basically overwhelming obsessive compulsions that are either vulgar and or odd little sounds shrieks etc.- as you will see if you watch the film. In John's case its yelling profanities at the top of his lungs at the oddest and most humorously entertaining times, yelping like a dog, spitting in peoples faces and blurting out every irrational and downright rude thought that enters his mind. My personal favourite is when he yells "mom your a slut" in the grocery store in front of an old lady. I found this HYSTERICAL...but at the same time i felt his pain, though not to the same extreme. This is great as both a documentary and for a good laugh. 10 out 10.
Johns not mad. A delightful insight into Tourettes Syndrome where the sufferers erupt into swearing and tics at random. John is a pleasant teenager and a very intelligent young man who just happens to swear completely out of place. This film is a look at his life and watchers of Big Brother Uk will know more about the way he is after watching Pete,who also suffers from Tourettes John gets on with his life and tries to play down his Tourettes whereas Pete accepts his symptoms and makes them part of his life. A very touching documentary that shows us that just because people are different it doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with the way they are.
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