Recently paralyzed DJ “Delicious” Dean battles the mean streets of Los Angeles, struggling to survive in his wheelchair. Yearning to walk again, and fighting to spark the ashes that were once his career, Dean turns to the dubious world of faith healing and gets much more than he bargained for. Lured by easy money and the heat of fame, Dean sells out to an unstable rock band, stomping the dreams of so many who see him as their only hope. World-famous DJ “Delicious” must now tackle his own worst demon—himself—if he is ever to conquer his “handicap” and find true healing.
Written by and starring Christopher Thornton in a gripping performance as the fiercely determined deejay, Sympathy for Delicious is a wildly original story. Mark Ruffalo makes an auspicious directorial debut with a gritty, yet fervent, take on the search for meaning amidst tragedy and the redemptive power that is compassion. —Sundance Film Festival
There are few films that I easily give 5 stars from the outset, but "Sympathy for Delicious" is a film that will stick with me for a long, long time. Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut is magical in every sense, and Christopher Thornton's performance (and script) is memorable, touching and ultimately indicative of what happens when karma, human nature, forgiveness and helping others become integrated into one's life.