Sympathy for Delicious (2011)


A paralyzed man who turns for faith healing discovers that he has the power to heal others, but not himself.

Dean O’Dwyer is a recently paralyzed man. He is living in his car and has very little hope left in his life. He decides to turn to faith healing. Though it doesn’t heal him, he finds that he can lay his hands on others and heal them. As a result of his newfound powers, he becomes famous. He has two groups attaching themselves to him. One is a rock star who wishes to exploit his fame. The other is a Jesuit priest who wishes to help him. No doubt there’ll be a tale of self discovery and what not in the film.

Sympathy for Delicious

Sympathy for Delicious is the directorial debut for Mark Ruffalo. He has actually gathered a pretty good cast, with Orlando Bloom as the bad guy rock star, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, and with writer Christopher Thornton in the role of Dean O’Dwyer. O’Dwyer wrote the film for himself, and he is, like the character, paralyzed from the waist down. So I don’t expect him to stand up at some point in the film cause he’s healed.

I think that last sentence means I don’t have any “Sympathy for Delicious.” Whatever that means.

Sympathy for Delicious Trailer

Release Date

Limited release on April 29, 2011.


Who’s In It?

 Orlando Bloom … The Stain
  Juliette Lewis … Ariel Lee
  Mark Ruffalo … Joe
  Laura Linney … Nina Hogue
  Noah Emmerich … Rene Faubacher
  John Carroll Lynch … Healer
  Erin Way … Rianna Tevy
  James Karen … Father Bill Rohn
  Diana Terranova … Brittany
  Nathan Wetherington … Bartender
  Dov Tiefenbach … Oogie
  Christopher Thornton … ‘Delicious’ Dean O’Dwyer
  Daniel Escobar … Hector
  Sandra Seacat … Mrs. Matilda

What’s Good About It?

The trailer looks good, and I like that the film isn’t anti-Christian, which is such a standard thing for Hollywood films these days. There may actually be a decent message to the film that isn’t steeped in hatred.

What’s Bad About It?

I’m unsure of Mark Ruffalo’s directing abilities, but then, everyone needs to prove themselves at some point. Right? Man?

Our Clever Prediction

Obviously the limited release means the film isn’t going to be a huge commercial success, but it does look good, and it might make a bit of money if it gets good critical reviews. I’m reviewing right now without having seen it and calling it the next Butch Cassidey and the Sundance Kid. Odd reference, right? Man?