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Old 12-10-05, 10:48 AM
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Mentally handicapped protagonists

I'm wondering if I'm alone on this.

I can't stand watching movies with mentally handicapped main characters.

I just watched the Korean movie "Marathon", about an autistic boy running marathons. Yeah, one of those cheesy inspirational and based on a true story films. This movie has got to be one of the stupidest I've seen.

Oh and this scene: "Hal soo itdah!!!" (English: "I can do it!")
UGH...

Plus, the mom in this movie irritated the hell out of me.

I'm sure my opinion won't be popular....

OH and btw, I hated Rudy, Forrest Gump, Sea Biscuit, Remember the Titans, etc.
Old 12-10-05, 10:59 AM
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Old 12-10-05, 12:18 PM
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Hmm, not sure if it's where you're headed, but how about MEMENTO?
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It all depends on how it's acted. I would say The Other Sister & Rain Man are acted VERY well. They are both exceptional movies as well.

I think that the upcoming Ringer LOOKS really insulting. Also, South Park did it first, and way less insulting or humiliating.
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I don't remember a "mentally handicapped" person as a protagonist in "Remember the Titans". Are you sure about that?
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When I say mentally handicapped, I don't include cases such as amnesia or memory loss.

To put it in a non pc way, I can't stand watching mentally retarded protagonists.

Remember the Titans didn't have a mentally handicapped character, but it is also another corny based on a true story movie.

I don't like those inspirational based on a true story sports movies. Marathon took this formula, and added an autistic main character....what a terrible combination.

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Old 12-10-05, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by JacksModernLife
I think that the upcoming Ringer LOOKS really insulting. Also, South Park did it first, and way less insulting or humiliating.
I haven't seen "The Ringer" yet (apparently you have), but it does have the endorsement of the Special Olympics.
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oh, no I haven't. Thats why I said it looks insulting, but I wasn't gonna say it was insulting since I haven't seen it yet.
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Is there any point to this thread other than "I hate retards in my movies"? What kind of discussion were you hoping to spark?
Old 12-10-05, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JacksModernLife
I think that the upcoming Ringer LOOKS really insulting. Also, South Park did it first, and way less insulting or humiliating.
I haven't seen it, so I can't speak from experience. But all the early press indicates that this is far from insulting. The Farrelly Bros. pretty much gave the people at the Special Olympics final say on the script and let them cut any seriously insulting jokes out of the movie.

There was even an article with Knoxville and one of his co-stars in the new ESPN Magazine.

I think it'll surprise a lot of people.
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sympathy for mr. vengenace
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Originally Posted by wastro
I haven't seen it, so I can't speak from experience. But all the early press indicates that this is far from insulting. The Farrelly Bros. pretty much gave the people at the Special Olympics final say on the script and let them cut any seriously insulting jokes out of the movie.

There was even an article with Knoxville and one of his co-stars in the new ESPN Magazine.

I think it'll surprise a lot of people.
I don't think the Farrelly Bros. had anything to do with the Ringer. It was written by a Family Guy writer and directed by Barry "Beyond the Mat" Blaustein.
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Originally Posted by RyoHazuki
I don't think the Farrelly Bros. had anything to do with the Ringer.
They're executive producers
Old 12-10-05, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by William Wallace
To put it in a non pc way, I can't stand watching mentally retarded protagonists.
To clarify, are you against mentally challenged individuals heading films, telling worthwhile stories about their unique human condition, or against non-handicapped actors portraying the mentally handicapped, which admittedly can be argued as insulting and demeaning?
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Personally, I don't really like watching retarded protagonists either (e.g, I Am Sam), but blind/deaf can be unique, as can something like Memento.
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Even though they are not movies about the mentally handicapped, I thought both Regarding Henry and See No Evil, Hear No Evil were pretty good.

On the flipside, from the pieces of it I've seen, The Waterboy is one of the worst movies I've seen.
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The Other Sister

Great friggin' film.
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Anyone heard of Rainman?
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Originally Posted by LivingINClip
The Other Sister

Great friggin' film.
I second that!
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I think that the brother in There's Something about Mary was a decent character.
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I think that the brother in There's Something about Mary was a decent character.
Franks and Beans!
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And never touch his ears...
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I thought Radio was pretty good. Cuba Gooding Jr. almost convinced me he was retarded in real life after watching that performance.
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Paging DVDTalker William Wallace.........Karl, uh, huh, would like a word with you!
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Originally Posted by Johny Boy
I thought Radio was pretty good. Cuba Gooding Jr. almost convinced me he was retarded in real life after watching that performance.
And Boat Trip confirmed your suspicions.

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