Sympathy for Delicious

Sympathy for Delicious

DVD - 2011
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When a motorcycle accident leaves DJ Delicious D paralyzed, he begins a quest to walk again through the world of faith healing.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Maya Entertainment, 2011
Edition: Widescreen ed
Call Number: DVD F SYMP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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ncs1961
Oct 26, 2014

Don't judge this one by the blurb on the cover. Its a real and thoughtful look at "healing" and how that might mean different things for different people. A good redemption story; I appreciate what they had to say. The featurette explains a bit more about how Ruffalo and Thornton came to this project together.
Not my usual choice of music, but it all worked to create a time and a place & set the tone for these characters going through some chaos.

howardpoole May 24, 2013

I didn't appreciate any of the cast members performances. Ruffalo was the best of the lot, but that isnt saying much. Just a touch disappointing.

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cookbooklover
Apr 26, 2013

I'm a big fan of Laura Linney's work and this just might be the worst movie I've ever seen her in. Quite disappointing.

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bunnytoes
Sep 21, 2012

Beautiful! Great story, great acting, great ending. Christopher Thornton is perfect in this role as is Mark Ruffalo. Highly recommend.

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joseph
Jan 18, 2012

Good - Mark Ruffalo's film is well acted and scripted. Interesting story about a man in a wheel chair that is given the gift of healing others. The themes of temptations and healing from within are well played out. Also, note what happens when some are exposed to evil?

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margarita89
Nov 24, 2011

Thorton's tale, Ruffalo's directing debut, though both very brave attempts, also falter. There was great potential here for Thorton to tell his true story, instead he goes off on some uneven fantasy tangent. He is a good story teller but gets caught in a trap between reality and fiction, and how the two should never meet. This is why. However, he is also a talented actor, which draws you into the story even when it's become so over-the-top it loses all sense of reality.

Ruffalo is a brilliant actor, but not here. It's the Ben Affleck syndrome, too many hats being worn here and it affects Ruffalo's performance as a shady priest who discover's Thornton has the gift to heal. There are some beautifully shot scenes but, i suspect that was due more to the talents of the cinematographer than Ruffalo, though let's be fair, it is Ruffalo's first directing attempt, and it isn't a horrible one at that. My problem is that I always become very suspect of any actor who chooses become his/her own director, while also casting themselves in a role larger than an extra. However, after having watched the special features, I learned that Thornton and Ruffalo, former college roommates (in real life) had been working to get this project up and running for some several years, they tried to get others interested in but no one wanted to touch it, because Thornton was an unknown. So, they did it themselves. The special features also informs you on Thornton's history, whom, in real life, is a handicapped person living in a wheelchair, and really was a former dj, just like his character. But he doesn't explain anything about the accident that landed him in a wheelchair, in real life and nor in the movie, which i must say, bothered me tremendously. I didn't need a transcript on the details, but it would have helped me to understand how his character (not the real guy) wound up in a wheelchair and homeless. Sadly, that story was omitted from the script, which i think was an essential piece to understanding the character of Delicious D.

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