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Special (2006)

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Release Date
 USA: Jan 30, 2006

Budget USD 1,000,000

Official Website:
Special Website

Country USA

Production Companies
Rival Pictures

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Genre: Drama

Plot: The life of parking-enforcement officer Les Franken is so remarkably unremarkable that it barely qualifies as quiet desperation. He eats lunch alone in a park, dinner alone at home, and reads superhero comics procured from his only friends, a pair of stoners who run a comic-book store. Hoping that it may make him feel...different, Les enrolls in a clinical trial for antidepressant pills that do indeed give him a lift. Literally. They give him special powers. While his doctor insists it's merely an adverse psychological reaction, Les packs in his meter-maid uniform and sets out to harness his new superpowers. Getting great mileage out of their low-budget aesthetic, filmmakers Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore offer a thoroughly refreshing perspective on superheroes. With a spare style and minimalist score, they've found virtue in their limitations and fashioned an otherworldly landscape with one foot in reality and the other in allegory. Michael Rapaport so fully embodies Les's desire for empowerment that he actually brings Special much closer to the spirit of early comic-book superheroes (marginalized men expressing fantasies of strength) than the studio films we see. Special is about loneliness and insecurity, and people encumbered by self-doubt. It's a subtle, philosophical

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 Directed by
Hal Haberman
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 Written by
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 Music By
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