FAP makes its big screen debut.

On the Fourth I decided to watch a few movies rather than take in the typical bangs, booms, pows, oohs and ahhs. I know, I’m such a rebel.

The first movie I cued up was Limitless, in which an unsuccessful writer self-medicates with a top-secret and untested pill that allows him to use 100% of his brain. The drug causes him to realize his full potential. He writes a book in four days, comes up with a formula to make millions on Wall Street, can learn any language in a day, charm the pants off anyone he meets—you get the gist.

He begins to realize that his newly turbo-charged brain upgrade comes at a price. He has to keep taking it everyday or he will go back to being his average struggling self. And oh yeah, it will end up killing him. These combined with a host of other issues sends his life into fast-paced-fragmented-blurred-troubled-to-say-the-least existence.

So anyway, I was a third of the way into the movie, and all of a sudden I heard Familial Adenomatous Polyposis(FAP), I thought I was hearing things. Immediately I hit rewind and replayed. Sure enough, he said it. He was talking to his parents about his aunt’s case of FAP. I could not believe that the disease that my family and I have was mentioned in a feature film. I’m more than a tad curious why this disease was chosen. Did the screenwriter know someone that had it? The director? The gaffer? The producer’s gardener? Or, was it just randomly chosen from one of the countless medical websites out there? A mystery indeed.

Even though it was only briefly mentioned and the information given was questionable as far as accuracy, it was still nice to see FAP get some exposure via the big screen.

And yes, the film is worth seeing.



  1. Emily
    Posted 22 Aug ’11 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    I too did the same thing you did, when I first heard him say it I thought I was hearing things, I had to rewind it and listen again to make sure. I was amazed they picked that disease.
    I have it and so does my 3 siblings and mother, its the first time I’ve ever heard it mentioned in a big screen movie.
    Thanks for posting this video.

  2. Posted 23 Aug ’11 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Hello Emily,

    I’m glad you found your way to my website and I thank you for taking time to take a look at this post. It definitely was a surprise to see FAP mentioned in this movie. I’m still wondering how it came to be in the script. Perhaps someday I’ll find out.

    I’m sorry to read that we have FAP in common. All the aspects of this rare disease can be a bit of a life sentence.

    I hope you and your family keeping the FAP at bay. You might want to check out the “Mom X” page on this site. In it is my mom’s story which chronicles my family’s bout with FAP, from when my dad was first diagnosed with it back in 1973 to present day.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to view this post. I wish you and your family all the best.

    Take care,

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