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Special (2006)

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A lonely metermaid has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero.
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... Les
... Jonas Exiler
... Joey
... Everett
... Dr. Dobson
... Maggie
... Ted Exiler
... Steve
... Cop #1
... Newscaster
... Co-host
... Pregnant Teen (as Patricia Ann Nelson)
... Crackhead
... Gorcery Store Mugger (as Marc Shaffer)
... Mugging Victim
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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.

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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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17 November 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Especial  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,232, 23 November 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,387, 30 November 2008
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1.85 : 1
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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 Destroy All Monsters (1968) See more »

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Gaia Screams
Written by Bryan Farrar and Dane Cash
Performed by Our Man Paul
Courtesy of Christopher Hildrew, LLC
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An interesting, thoughtful, small movie
22 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

A solid movie of the kind Hollywood can't make. A small but excellent cast tell a small but engrossing story of a normal man who wants to be something else.

Rapport really steals/carries this, and his performance is flawless. The supporting cast are also all solid with Alexandra Holden doing a particularly stand-out job as the brilliantly understated love interest.

If there is an off note anywhere in the film, it is the ending which slightly strains credulity but, more to the point, is not really clear in what it is trying to say.

A film well worth watching, and talking about afterward.


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