Working in the world of those with learning disabilities I approached this film when released with great caution after reading the reviews of The American Downs Syndrome Association and Mencap in the UK, so I gave it a wide berth vowing never to watch it.
Whilst working on a project in relation towards those with a learning disability being accepted in the Paralympics in 2012 I was pointed in the films direction again to clear up a point on Special Olympics.
At first I sat and cringed as only Brian Cox can make you, but then relised that this has got to be the best film ever about those with special needs.
If you are not in the scene you won't enjoy it, you will be totally upset and if you are PC, your foot will be going through the TV screen big style, however, if you work in that world you will suddenly get to the point (which is not that far into the film) where you realise that you are entering scenes and watching situations that you have come across with those you work with, once your there the humour starts and never lets up
The 'ice cream' comment has to be the funniest line ever mentioned on the big screen, the disco at the end of the games when the athletes gather round the with the group is sing spot on, but again you got to part of their world to understand where they are coming from and to sit back, laugh out loud and really enjoy it
Not good for loads of folks, certainly not for the weak hearted or the PC brigade, but on the other foot, it's what you make it, which for me total cinema magic!!