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Release Date: November 21st, 2008

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 2009

R|1 hr 22 min

Plot Summary
Les Franken (Michael Rapaport) has a boring and undistinguished life as a parking-meter monitor until he decides to participate in an experimental drug study. He experiences some strange side effects which make him think he is developing special powers, a belief that leads him to quit his dead-end job and start a new one -- as a superhero.

Cast: Michael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck, Robert Baker, Jack Kehler, Alexandra Holden, Ian Bohen

Director: Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributors: Magnolia Pictures

Keywords: Amusing, Hospital, Underdog, Escape, Engaging, Offbeat, 2000s

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  • The movie loses its way toward the end, shifting from wry black comedy to slightly overdone pathos. But there's plenty here to appreciate, making the title perfectly apt. show more

  • This is a weird little movie, and it's an interesting trip accompanying Dick Ritchie on his transformation. show more

  • Rappaport does a yeoman's job in this tonally confused oddity. The wonder is that Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore's Special is making it off the festival circuit and into theaters at all, however briefly. show more

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