Special People
Special People (2009)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 5, 2009
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

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.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

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.

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Tim Evans
Sky Cinema

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.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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.

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Xan Brooks

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.

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Daily Mirror (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.

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Stella Papamichael

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

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

We are allowed to forget the wheelchairs and see the people in them, while still remembering the prejudices many have about the disabled.

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