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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing man and a brilliant documentary, 22 Nov. 2006
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This review is from: John's Not Mad (BBC Q.E.D. Documentary) [1989] [DVD] (DVD)
Having read some of the horrible reviews left here already, I felt compelled to leave my own to try to balance things out.

This is an amazing DVD and well worth watching, not least because some of the proceeds go to the Tourette Scotland charity. The contrast between John at 15, learning to live with his condition, and the man that he has become is truly inspiring, he's a good humoured, eloquent and self effacing man who has endured a truly isolating disability with more dignity and resilience than I suspect most of us could manage. I work with young people with disabilities and I know the abuse and bullying they often have to endure as part of the already fraught process of growing up is nothing to laugh at.

I don't believe that all comedy should be politically correct but I think that some of the reviewers above have missed the point, it must have taken monumental bravery for a young boy to make this film and, while parts of it are as John himself admits amusing, to treat the whole DVD as just another comedy DVD is just outrageous. You could learn from John's best friend in the second film, they both undoubtedly find lots of humour in John's situation but his compassion and regard for John are very clear to see, he's never laughing at John, only with him.

I wonder, out of curiousity, if those reviewers that describe helpless laughter throughout, or drinking games, stop for a break during the moment where John describes sometimes feeling so alone and hated with this condition that he wishes he could die? Or maybe I just missed the hilarity in this candid moment of painful honesty?

I wholeheartedly recommend this film and wish John every strength and happiness, he's an amazing man.
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