Sympathy for Delicious – Movie 60 of 365

04 Mar

Sympathy for DeliciousWhat if you were suddenly given the power to heal with just a touch of your hand? Newly paralyzed and homeless DJ Delicious D is presented with this problem.

Dean O’Dwyer (Christopher Thornton), who goes by the name Delicious is not a religious man, in fact his pissed off with God. Recently paralyzed, Delicious D is homeless and living in his car on skid row. The only good thing in his life is the help he receives from Father Joe (Mark Ruffalo) who provides meals and assistance to the homeless. After going to see a faith healer and once again being passed up for healing him, D comes back to skid row.  While talking to a fellow resident a man with Alzheimer’s and horrible gout, he touches him in an attempt to calm the man’s ramblings.  Unbeknownst to D, that touch cures him. Soon not only him but every resident of skid row knows of his new power.

D is far from thrilled about having this power. For one thing he can’t heal himself.  Also he doesn’t want the attention he just wants to go back to his old life of being a DJ. But the band he auditions for, headed by Orlando Bloom, rejects him. Father Joe on the other hand is thrilled and pushes him to use his gift as it helps get more donations for the church. Father Joe even offers to put D up in a hotel as compensation.  But eventually D wants more, he sees how much money is pouring in and decides he deserves a cut.  Father Joe doesn’t agree.  So D becomes his own agent, selling healing.  Once the band the initially rejects him discovers Dean’s gift they want him as well, to be a draw for their concerts. A deal D accepts.

Of course, things eventually go downhill and most everyone learns a lesson about greed and belief, especially D.

I wanted this movie to be more gripping, more gritty. The premise is definitely a draw since most faith healers in movies are fakes, Delicious is the real deal. But the movie while having interesting plot twists seems too even, no real highs and the ending was a bit of a head-scratcher. But still worth a look.

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