A spirited, empathetic attempt to turn a legacy of educational shame into a call for understanding and action, Harvey Hubbell V's documentary, "Dislecksia: The Movie," has a necessary charge to it, but also a distractingly goofy side.
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Through interviews with successful dyslexics (including Billy Bob Thornton and the late TV impresario Stephen J. Cannell), experts, scientists and forward-thinking educators bringing the latest learning techniques to schools, Hubbell paints a bracing picture of dyslexia's journey from nonexistent awareness to sputtering concern to all-out political advocacy. You just have to get through Hubbell's relentlessly jokey music cues and overuse of stock footage for (not so) comic effect, which thankfully never undercut his mission to inform and inspire about something so routinely misunderstood.
'Dislecksia: The Movie'
MPAA rating: None
Running time: 1 hour, 23 minutes.
Playing: At Laemmle Music Hall.