Jimmy

MCDJIMM EC002There’s something heartwarming about family drama’s like Jimmy. They make you laugh and cry at the same time but are ultimately great feel-good movies. Jimmy (Ian Colletti) is a mentally challenged teenager who regularly interacts with supernatural beings only he can see, whom he calls ‘watchers’. Struggling with his ability to see things others can’t Jimmy lands himself in trouble after overhearing something he shouldn’t and things take a turn for the worst. Jimmy is a heartwarming family drama with a supernatural twist. It’s one of those odd little films hardly anyone’s heard of, but MCDJIMM EC005is a real gem and well worth checking out. Ian Colletti‘s performance as the titular mentally challenged teen Jimmy is mesmerising and he does a wonderful job of what is probably quite a difficult role. It’s an area that isn’t that often addressed in film, and Jimmy bears many similarities to The Story of Luke (which I reviewed some time ago). It’s great to see stories about people with mental difficulties emerging more and more in film and there is something so beautiful and heartwarming about these kinds of comedies. The relationship between Jimmy and his grandfather, played by Ted Levine, is one of the most poignant parts of the films and also the most heartbreaking. It’s a great sign if a film can actually make you cry and Jimmy certainly has that potential. It’s a comedy with a large dose of tear-jerking drama. While Colletti‘s cEcGPqGperformance is the stand-out one, Levine also does a wonderful job along with lots of other very strong supporting parts including Bob Gunton and Kelly CarlsonJimmy is brilliantly well-rounded with a great storyline, solid performances and some lovely visuals too. Jimmy is pretty much a coming of age drama, and there is no shortage of them, but what makes it different is not just the portrayal of a mentally challenged leading role but the supernatural elements too. It’s not so in your face you have to be a sci-fi/fantasy fan to really ‘get’ what’s going on, and it doesn’t try too hard to be all fancy and sciency, it’s subtle and adds just an extra layer of interest to make it stand out from similar movies.MCDJIMM EC016 Jimmy is definitely a film to keep an eye out for. Unfortunately it’s one of those films that has gone somewhat unnoticed but you should definitely give it a look if you come across it. The supernatural elements make it slightly more interesting than your average drama of this ilk and makes for an intriguing watch. Please go and have a look.

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5 thoughts on “Jimmy

  1. Thanks for the nice review of my film, Natasha. And yes it is out on DVD currently. You can get it just about anywhere online (Amazon etc). ~ Mark Freiburger

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