Special (2006) – Review

Michael Rapaport, Special 2005

what good will it be for a man to gain the whole world–yet forfeits his soul?’

Special (2007) is a film by director and writers Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore. The film stars Michael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck, Robert Baker, Jack Kehler, and Alexandra Holden, in a film about a guy who thinks he has special hero powers, thanks to a experimental anti-depressive drug. 

I can remember hearing a song by the group ”Third Eye Blind” called Semi-charmed life. Later, after blasting the song on my iPod at work–learned that the song referenced taking ‘mood enhancements’ i.e drugs. “Wanting something else–to get through life.” No wonder the song made such and impression on me –(do doo do doo do do do) sorry.

What if–there was actually something–something to make you feel better than you are now–as if you are invincible–the ability to face the world without a worry (psst. I know that there are things akin to this description, I’m writing a review here, so work with me 😉) Feel like–like living is actually worth it. Case in point, meet Les (Michael Rapaport) who asked himself the exact same thing.

Les is basically a loner, except for his two friends, who owned a comic book store. Les has a terrible job as a meter maid and a boss who did not respect him. Overall–no one really respected Les and he did not blame them. He did not respect himself. Well, that was until a new pharmaceutical company came to town offering him a ray of sunshine. Clinical pharmaceutical trials. Promising Les that the antidepressant sepcioprin hydrochloride would make life a bit more tolerable for him.

Sign me up!

The antidepressant would be just the thing he needed–

an answer to his troubles…

an it would seem that the pill worked wonders for Les.

but there are those side effects

‘Special’ a movie for most of us. I mean, aren’t we all looking for that ‘miracle’ pill that would make our lives seem a bit easier?

Special, 2006
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good

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Review Summary:

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. - IMDb

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