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I Am Sam /

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianne Wiest, Dakota Fanning, Laura Dern 

Directed by: Jessie Nelson 

Produced by: Jessie Nelson, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Ed Zwick, Rick Solomon 

Written by: Jessie Nelson, Kristine Johnson, Brenda Wachel 

Distributor: New Line Cinema


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    I Am Sam was very well done, it just had it's problems like every other movie. But in the end, there turned out to be too many problems for me to recommend it. It's just one of those times where you very badly want to like it for the emotional sake of the character, but you can't because it just isn't filling enough. This movie was very good but it just didn't fill my plate.


     Now, there is something very positive I see in I Am Sam, and that is the remarkable acting. Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer put on some of the most remarkable performances I've seen in years! They were so good  were able to drive you to an emotionally attached level of gripping the movie. The acting in I Am Sam is definitely it's best quality. The performances were awe-inspiring.


     One of the things that bugged me tremendously in this film was enormous amount of advertising. Watching it was like watching a feature-length commercial. I mean, thirty minutes of this movie is dedicated to Starbucks, I HOP, Bob's Big Boy, and Pizza Hut. Were talking one forth of the movie here, this movie probably racked in more money for it's advertisers than it did for itself at the box office.


     Now, let me ask you a question...Do you go to a movie to be constantly annoyed and worried? My answer is: definitely not! This movie sends you into a chaotic, self-absorbed, broken world of no innocence; I don't think anyone wants to be troubled by a movie, they go to enjoy peaceful entertainment. I Am Sam is definitely not any type of peaceful entertainment. It is reality, and reality is not always very peaceful.


     In conclusion, I Am Sam is a realistic description of a family's fight to stay together. Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer put on some of the most remarkable performances I've seen in years! But it is also a walking billboard; full of advertisement, a shallow and chaotic disasterpiece, and above all things; enormously uncomfortable. It is a masterpiece in terms of acting and direction, but hardly that if your looking for a good time. I'd prefer Rain Man over this any day.


-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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