Special People (2009)

Special People

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Critic Consensus: Low budget British comedy which is sharply written and nicely acted whilst confounding disability misconceptions and prejudices on the way.


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This way-offbeat, low budget comedy from director Justin Edgar concerns Jasper, a filmmaker determined to make his "pièce de resistance" - ad libbed comedy about a group of disabled children climbing a mountain. The script, however, is super-pretentious, and Jasper himself totters on the verge of a complete, unbridled emotional breakdown - to such a degree that the behavior of the uncooperative children threatens to drive him completely around the bend.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Justin Edgar, Dominic Coleman
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

In terms of character development and story the film is unspectacular and often rather blunt - one final-act twist feels shoehorned in to shock. But this is a well observed and likeable slice of DIY cinema.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

By keeping the central theme simple, Edgar and his team are free to explore the nature of the relationships and the characters in the classroom alongside bigger themes such as attitudes to disability from within the community and without.

Full Review… | July 4, 2009
Eye for Film

Edgar gets a gold star for this cheeky send-up of the champagne socialists who make miserable films about (supposedly) miserable people.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008

Ironically, he's exactly like Special People itself, which is trying so hard to say something profound about disability that it has forgotten to be a drama in the first place.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Times [UK]

At times Special People feels hobbled by the very political correctness it wants to poke fun at; still, it's nicely observed and crisply played, gently confounding a gaggle of prejudices during the course of a svelte 81-minute run.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Guardian

Well-meant but gruel-thin British comedy in which a failed film-maker helps wheelchair-bound teenagers to make a movie.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Daily Telegraph

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