|Director:||Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore|
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|10.25.06||Alamo Lake Creek||This Screening is part of event: Austin Film Festival 2006|
Special is a little story about a meter maid (Michael Rappaport) who enrolls in an experimental drug program that supposedly boosts your self-confidence. At first this sounds awfully familiar to School for Scoundrels, but pretty quickly becomes much more like Unbreakable or Mystery Men when we see that he slowly develops super powers.
Well, sort of. Actually he's having a psychotic reaction to the medication. While my initial impression was that the movie would have been much more entertaining if he actually did have the power to float 6 inches off the ground, the tone of the film eventually won me over. Although there is some humor early on (such as when he believes he can run through walls but actually just smacks into them), the film takes a dramatic turn and ends up pretty heavy. Rappaport does an excellent job of making us feel for his mixed-up character; he makes us wish he really had powers as much as he does. It ends a little sad, a little harsh, but also a little uplifting.
While Special wasn't anything like the movie I thought it would be, it still proved to be just as charming and effective a film as I had hoped. It's kind of a small film - in a minor key let's say - but good nonetheless.