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Sympathy For Delicious (2011)

Christopher Thornton , Orlando Bloom , Mark Ruffalo  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Thornton, Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo
  • Directors: Mark Ruffalo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051GLDVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A talented Music DJ becomes a newly paraplegic gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing in hopes of walking again. He learns however that he has been given a Gift! The Gift to heal others but not himself. He abuses his gift for the sake of power, fame,and riches and his world come crashing down. Will he get the healing he needs by giving unselfishly?


Sundance Winner with Great performances by a huge Ensemble cast with multiple Academy Award Nominee's. Critics rave !!! --Maya Entertainment

Chris Norr's Cinematography is vividly expressionistic, Thornton gives a passionateand urgent performance , and Ruffalo's Direction is audacious. --Scott Macaulay,

An Altogether Winning confection --Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this! September 7, 2011
By Drew
A powerful magical realism exploration of the power of healing. Chris Thornton wrote an amazing story here! While the plot centers on a paraplegic struggling with his disability, the themes are universal. After his accident, Dwyer faces alienation, limitations, fear and anger as he watches his life slide into desperation. After discovering he has the power to heal, he's exploited by those he once relied on. In an attempt to regain what he's lost, he sells his soul and his gift to rock stardom. In the end, he learns healing is not about walking again, but is instead a complicated internal process... a very intense journey that leaves you thinking...

On a side note... as a paraplegic, I get sick of able-bodied actors playing disabled roles. Thank you Chris!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow September 14, 2011
This movie is gritty and harsh and yet also beautiful. It explores fascinating themes about how grace might work and the ways that human beings try to manipulate and buy one another. Great performances from some wonderful actors. I'm new to Christopher Thornton, but was so impressed that I'll have to look at what else he's been in. It is absolutely a movie worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected! July 13, 2013
By Sue B.
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I saw this movie and got it only because I am a huge Mark Ruffalo fan and I was curious to see his directorial debut. It was fantastic and I really liked the spiritual storyline. Some of the performances were a bit over the top, but I didn't lose interest and most of the characters were very believable. The ending gave me chills and was a bit of a twist but not entirely unpredictable. A really great first effort in directing by an actor I absolutely love to watch in performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Listen please, you don't know what you did, you got the healing touch." After being shown the power of faith healing, Delicious decides to use what he has learned to become a world famous DJ. When fate steps in and allows him to heal everyone's problems but his own he must decide if he will use his gift for someone else. This is not a bad movie at all. Without being in your face with it, this is a fairly religious movie. This also presents a great question. If you had the power to help everyone but yourself could you do it or would you be to jealous? Great acting by everyone makes this an enjoyable movie to watch. Orlando Bloom is great in a wide departure from what he usually does. The fact that the lead actor is actually paralized gives his performance a dimension that would be lacking if the actor was only pretending. This is a pretty slow moving movie, but very much worth watching. Overall, a very good movie filled with great acting. This is another movie you must be in the mood for though. I liked it. I give it a B-.

Would I watch again? - I don't think I would
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent October 6, 2011
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it is a beautiful film, skillfully executed. Christopher Thornton is a revelation! Lewis is purely authentic, as usual; Bloom carries off one of the most intense characters, in the most beautifully perfect way, ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film Worth Every Minute Of Your Time. July 13, 2014
I live in a rural area that has no big-box stores or automated DVD machines.

The small retail store chains that service the area are decidely second-tier and sell used repacked DVDs from rental shops. There are NO DVD cases and NO descriptions of the films. I often take a chance for the few dollars Involved.

That's how I got this film. I simply popped it in to see what it was.


A thoughtful moral dillema where a person gains an unbidden and unique power to change others' lives profoundly...but not his own. And then there are the others who want to utilize that power for their own interests. The rest would be a spoiler.

Just a sweet, sweet film acted with real care.

And I was blown away with the DVD "added feature" that reveals the writer/actor was not playing the part of a guy forever to be in a wheelchair. He WAS a guy forever to be in a wheelchair.

There are certain themes in the film that resonate with Christians, but also resonate with other belief (and nonbelief) systems.

I love the line about sometimes things happen to you when G-d is trying to talk to you.

Foul-language note: This takes place largely on skid row and in hard-rock music environments. The F word is used a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 30, 2014
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Unique film, Enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy Delicious June 14, 2014
By Mary
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I can't say this was a great movie, but it was a good movie. Again good actors can sometimes elevate bad writing. Worth a look
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Delicious
It is an ok movie. I liked the story. I liked it so much that I gave it to my brother.
Published 7 months ago by ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Only because of my sympathy to Mark Ruffulo...
Unreal story. Boring . Depressing, though... But my deepest sympathy to Christopher and once again again I had a chance to admire Mark as a person. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dmitri of San Francisco
3.0 out of 5 stars JUST OK
I think the movie strayed quite a bit from the true story but can't say for sure. Too much of the F word for me... Read more
Published 18 months ago by katzrule
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The backsttory for this movie is as good as the movie. It is not autobiographical but the star of the movie wrote it plus he is truly paralyzed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Darlah Jasper
2.0 out of 5 stars This film has got to be the record holder for the use of the F word in...
The context of the film is overpowered by the needless over-the-top use of the F word, which is really strange because besides that they hardly even use any other curse words, for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bad Grandpa
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie-
Truly gives an inside view into a man witha spiritual responsibility, who does not yet realize his gift to others!!
Published 19 months ago by Claudia Sager
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected ...
I really was surprised by quality of this movie. The acting was outstanding (not surprising considering the very talented cast), and the plot was better than expected - the pace... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ana
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good movie
Received sympathy today and i watched it immediately have to say i thought it was a very good film although i had never heard nor seen it before i found i really liked this movie... Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by Elf Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars paraplegics given short shrift
I tried to give this idea a chance, faith healing rock band, and with such a great cast was impressed at the get go.... Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by DoMeNiQuE CoE
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