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6.81 h 21 min2008X-RayR
Everything changes for Les the day he is accepted into an experimental drug study.
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Michael Rapaport
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English [CC]
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Magnolia
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Foul languagesexual contentsubstance useviolence
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182 global ratings

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Billy BoyReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Poor everything
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Production quality is pathetic. The film is so grainy it looks like a home movie from the 50s. It looks and plays out like something a 12 years old would produce. There is zero science in this "science fiction" film. The "evil corporation" behind the wonder drug, consists of 3 guys that make the 3 stooges look smart. (spoiler) The worst parts of the film were the obvious bad choices made by the wannabe superhero. Everyone knows, if you want to do good, you need money. one of his powers was to read minds. With that alone he could make a million in Vegas overnight. Then he could help the world. Instead he reads minds of people considering a crime and tackles them, before they do it, making them the victims. In the end I felt cheated out of the time spent watching it.
6 people found this helpful
James E. AddisonReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than a lot of the crap I've seen!
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1 star: couldn't watch more than 15 minutes. Unwatchable!
2 star: jumped my way to the end for the ending. Unwatchable, but interested in how this turd ended.
3 star: watched it all, but not happy about it. Nothing better to do.
4 star: I watched it, liked it well enough. Would never watch it again.
5 star: Great moving picture show! I'll watch it again, and maybe again in a few years.

Movie was made on a million dollar budget, grossed under $15,000.00 worldwide, but was still better than a lot of the multi million dollar turds that have come out over this past year. Nothing exciting, but a very watchable flick.
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Original Toe KneeReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Almost
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There is a a strange mix of "dream", "fantasy", "delusional" , "pseudo reality" and reality in this one, where the divisions between perception made it almost impossible for me to dive it's key premise. Ultimately, the conclusion of this story/film, I am guessing will be a huge let-down for most viewers.

Once again, I find myself strangely intrigued about what the "purpose" of a movie such as this is... why write it, why film it, why act in it, why watch it? It just makes no sense to me... theoretically the filmmakers have a budget, and a team, and they can fill an hour and a half of your time with "something"...why fill your time with "this"??? I just don't understand the motivation.

If you are going to make a film. please remember that you are taking an audience on a journey, so why not have something about the journey semi-positive, insightful??? Why create a film that will just send people off the cliff of despair? Why?

The key premise of this film seems almost interesting. Any team of imaginative writers could have created something from the premise... I am guessing 90% of the viewers, if they were given the key premise as a starting point; could have filmed a more entertaining film than this one. Yet, what will you experience with this conglomeration if you give it an hour and a half of your attention? I wonder if you, also, will wonder was there something "I was supposed to "get" or understand from this film"? Is it possible that the filmmakers actually lack all creative imagination or are they intending that a viewer is left with void, despair, nebulous non-meaning as life's purpose? Wow... Who would build a movie with that as the intended result? So sad.

So...once again, I remember...this is a "movie"... the actors got paid, everybody got paid... Maybe the whole purpose of tying up our time for over an hour with this waste was a some sort of "tax-write off"... a big payday for everyone in exchange for creating garbage? If seen from this perspective, perhaps the result is almost heroic... hahahahahaha. I have heard of films that, half-way through the filming process, everyone KNEW it was going to take a nose-dive... It might be fun to watch this one over and over and over and over and see if there is some sort of signal from those involved in the film creation; do they give you a sign to run like hell , fast as hell to the exit of the theater????
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Justin JeromeReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Recommended for all misfits
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The older I get (I'm 40) and the more I experience of life's highs and lows (more low than high lately), the more I gravitate to these type of quirky, offbeat, indie "dramedies". The stories and characters just feel more real, human, and relateable than most Hollywood stuff. Right up my alley. Its like they opened up a new world to me and made me realize its ok to just be myself, not some "normal", soulless, successful, macho, "alpha male" cliche. Highly flawed but basically good hearted people just trying to do their best, in their own messed up way, to make sense of and survive this Type A, capitalist, Trump-loving society and scary world of "normal" people and "grown-ups" ::shudder::. Sign me up. My kind of people. Especially like the subgenre where flawed but basically good hearted people try to become superheroes...and struggle at it lol But really, who hasn't ever wanted to have special powers and defeat the people who bully you in life? Great empowerment fantasy.

Related to the protagonist so much. So if anyone out there (of all ages) has ever felt different from the herd, ever felt lost, alienated, or like they don't belong in this world, I'd definitely recommend this movie to you, my fellow misfit and kindred spirit :) If you agree with my review at all, you can mostly find me these days at twitter dot com/ShyLivesMatter Peace :)
17 people found this helpful
AlexReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
We Need More Superheroes
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Just about anything Michael Rappaport does I like and this is no different. Les (his character) thinks he’s a superhero because of an experimental drug he took for a pharmaceutical study. It will make you laugh, then feel sadness, then laugh again. And when you’re done or at least think you are, you’re laughing/crying some more. You feel so bad for his character but then you wanna yank him outta the tv screen and smack him good for being an idiot. In my opinion, his acting is superb and why he’s so easily able to take you on such an extreme emotional roller coaster ride. The movie itself wasn’t a blockbuster but the cast was great and as a whole, they pulled off a fabulous flick that just about anyone will enjoy.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unusual
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A very low budget film and a lot of what makes films tolerable has to do with money. But it was a good story with good acting and direction, given the twenty bucks people ere paid. I was paid that once and they got what they paid for. Food for thought really, although on the face of it, at the end, it was a morality play about drug use. The evil pharma cliche. But I liked the ambiguity of it. The unexplained jumps made into the fantasy world with real consequences. That was unusual. Ordinarily I would think that was just poor scripting, but obviously here it was intended. Nice touch,. a for that. Not to be seen in the Marvel Garbage. And the protagonist wasn't everyman who would want to be him? Yet you can read your own circumstance into his experiences. And thank God, no sex. I am so sick of having to skip over that mierda. Hollywood, take notice. This isn't a cult film, but it is pointing towards something.
Bobby W.Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, Sad, and Good
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The only other film I recall seeing Michael Rapaport in was "True Romance", in which he had a bit role.

After seeing this, I'm amazed I haven't seen him in other films - he really carries this movie, convincingly imbuing his character with all the humor and pathos you'd expect to witness from a lonely average joe who's put into a bizarre situation that may or may not be real.

Well written story that doesn't have a pat ending, and good supporting cast, but again it's Rapaport's superb performance that makes this indie film well worth seeking out. :)
GuinnessFanReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Tedious
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Near mental defective volunteers for experimental drug and has psychotic break. Not really a bad story line. Terrible production values all around. But my biggest complaint with this fairly lame B movie is that it is a 40 minute episode turned into an 80 minute root canal. Many, if not most scenes are ridiculously elongated, presumably to allow for some sort of 'artistic flair'. Instead they just make the whole thing nauseatingly slow.
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