I Am Sam details
|Starring:||S, Dianne Wiest, Will Wallace, Loretta Devine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Wendy Phillips, Sean Penn, Doug Hutchinson, Laura Dern, Dakota Fanning, Richard Schiff, Scott Paulin|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
I Am Sam
|Run time:||2 hours 7 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Oct 2002|
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A Fifty Hankie WeepieBy Clare156 from York , 09 Dec 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]This was the saddest film I have ever seen, but very very enjoyable! The acting was superb - Sean Penn was every inch a man with learning difficulties. The actors playing his friends were a mixture of actors with special needs and those without, all acting superbly.
"I Am Sam" had very funny moments, extremely touching moments and lots of tearful moments. It is a film that shows that love and perseverance conquers all.
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no reason to watch apart from Penn's performanceBy a customer , 27 Jul 2013encouraged by raving reviews, I decided to watch it- especially as I like Sean Penn and plot seemed interesting enough. How wrong was I! It was painful to watch and I'm amazed I managed to watch it till the end. OK, Penn was very good and there were moments when I had to grab a tissue, but there seem to be no real point, no message. The plot in unbelievable and M. Pfeiffer was surprisingly bad. Overall I was very disappointed by what I thought it'd be and what it really was.
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Sean Penn is astounding in thisBy twosoddingcats (269 reviews) from Kingston-upon-Thames , 20 May 2013Sean Penn is fantastic as a single dad raising Dakota Fanning; he is mentally challenged and is left to raise his daughter on his own when the homeless woman he got pregnant abandons her daughter. He manages to cope with the help of his friends and the neighbour next door, Dianne Wiest. But when his daughter turns 8 the authorities worry Penn cant give her the intellectual stimulation she needs (he has the mental age of a 7 year old) and place her into foster care. Penn manages to get frosty lawyer Michelle Pfeiffer, to take on his case pro bono. Very moving film and Sean Penn cements his place as the best actor of his generation.
Kramer vs Sean PennBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 13 Mar 2013Court battle to restore adorable daughter taken into care to retarded father. Relationship develops between lawyer and father. A sort of Kramer vs Kramer redone with a retarded father and a young girl as adorable as Matilda. A good film, sensitively handled although a tad unnecessarily long.
Or; I am not sure what I am?By Platospupil (206 reviews) , 12 Mar 2013Mixed. Yes, this film has heart and good intentions and; Yes Sean Penn remains one of my favourite actors taking on roles and films which have message and meaning. But, the film is a muddle. Tipping between red-eye blubbing sentimentality and comic humour it does not seem to know who is good and who is bad. 'OK' you may say, 'life is like that and here art mirrors life'. OK I mutter back but surely they could remember the medium is film? Worthy, I am glad it exists but I did not like it.
Strawberry Fields forever.....By a customer , 20 Jan 2013A wonderful film (even more so if you have kids I would suggest), with great acting by Sean Penn.
Whilst a big fan of Michelle Pfieffer she performed better in the second part of the film than the first.
Lucy (daughter) is spectacularly good for one so young.