Heavy Load
Heavy Load (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 10, 2007
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Consensus: Intriguing and engaging rockumentary that demolishes stereotypes of the mentally challenged, and celebrates the inspirational story of Heavy Load.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

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

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

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

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Cath Clarke

The only difference is that three of the five have a learning disability - but in this documentary, which is very funny in places, it's not disabilities that define them.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

There are times when you don't know whether to laugh or cry but Rothwell avoids any charge of patronising them.

Rob Daniel
Sky Cinema

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.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

It's a shade too earnest for comfort, but there's a tribal exhilaration about the band's brave and tuneless journey from a grubby pub to their first festival.

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The Sun (UK)

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

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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

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Leigh Singer

The music's so-so, the film is decent if limited but the band themselves are inspiring.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Lesley N
A simple story very well told. Great fun to watch and the kind of film that leaves a smile on your face.