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Special People
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. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"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."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"There's a refreshing lack of political correctness about Justin Edgar's budget comedy - it's an unflinching portrayal of the disabled as fully-functioning - and sometimes quite appalling - human beings and a droll challenge to lazy preconceptions."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"Engaging, nicely acted and sharply written comedy that imparts an important message while delivering several good laughs."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"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."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"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."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"Now here's a little gem. Although shot for peanuts with a no-name cast, it'd take a very hard person not to thoroughly enjoy this heartwarming yarn."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"Edgar gets a gold star for this cheeky send-up of the champagne socialists who make miserable films about (supposedly) miserable people."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Film4
"Well-meant but gruel-thin British comedy in which a failed film-maker helps wheelchair-bound teenagers to make a movie."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"We are allowed to forget the wheelchairs and see the people in them, while still remembering the prejudices many have about the disabled."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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