Heavy Load (2007)

Heavy Load (2007)




Critic Consensus: Intriguing and engaging rockumentary that demolishes stereotypes of the mentally challenged, and celebrates the inspirational story of Heavy Load.

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Ambitious punk outfit Heavy Load isn't like most other bands, because its comprised entirely of musicians with developmental disabilities, including Down's Syndrome. Even so, they're determined to rise above the challenges that face every emerging band and find success on their own terms. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Heavy Load

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Rothwell does a superb job outlining the personalities within the band, and how much they conform, ironically, to well-worn rock-musician clichés.

Full Review… | October 2, 2008
Time Out
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There are times when you don't know whether to laugh or cry but Rothwell avoids any charge of patronising them.

October 2, 2008
London Evening Standard

But director Jerry Rothwell ruins all that by stealing the limelight with his annoying self-analysis and philosophising.

Full Review… | October 2, 2008
The Sun (UK)

The film demolishes stereotypes of the mentally challenged, celebrating the energy, desires and ambitions of its protags.

Full Review… | October 2, 2008
Total Film

Contender for best documentary of the year, Heavy Load contains a classic moment of Spinal Tap-ism as Paul, when Heavy Load is at its lowest ebb, ponders why Michael says he hates him.

Full Review… | October 2, 2008
Sky Movies

This is intriguing, though it gives Rothwell another excuse to appear on camera, which he does with irritating frequency.

Full Review… | October 2, 2008
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Audience Reviews for Heavy Load

A simple story very well told. Great fun to watch and the kind of film that leaves a smile on your face.

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