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Our top 10 Movies {starring the “mentally challenged”}

Ok, I just thought I’d do a little post on something pure surface and fun. I am a fun person, ya know! (Ok, and sometimes surface). Ricky & I have realized that we both share a common interest that goes back pretty much since our dating years: movies with plots centered around a mentally retarded person (or “challenged”, slow, special needs,  autistic ~ you get the idea).

Something about those actors, especially the ones who are really dang convincing, just draws us in! So without further ado (whatever ado is! Nobody wants much of it), here’s Ricky’s & Chelan’s top 10 list of films that meet the criteria of  a.) having a mentally challenged person in a lead role, b.) having a plot centered around their disability, & c.) having made it to the box office… counting down from 10 to our favorite of favorites:

theothersister 10. The Other Sister

waterboy 9. The Waterboy

silentfall 8. Silent Fall

rainman 7.Rain Man

iamsam 6. I Am Sam

radio1 5. Radio

forrest-gump 4. Forrest Gump

awakenings 3. Awakenings

sling-blade 2. Sling Blade

whatseatinggilbertgrape 1. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?


That about sums it up! Dicaprio playing “Arnie” is THE best. Hands Down. But there are 5 more we have yet to to see from start to finish…we might just put them in our Netflix queue:

* One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

* Charly

* Mercury Rising

* Of Mice and Men

* Benny and Joon

And lastly… 3 that don’t really make the list, but are hilarious, so def. worth a mention, in my book!

* There’s Something about Mary

* What about Bob

* Multiplicity

Let me know if I missed any great ones (that are fairly clean) so we can check ‘em out!

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2 thoughts on “Our top 10 Movies {starring the “mentally challenged”}

  1. I thought Cuba Gooding Jr. did a great job in Radio, and Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot. Oh! and John Malkovich in Of Mice & Men. Other than that great list! :)

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