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''I Am Sam'' Soundtrack

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Sean Penn, I Am Sam
I am Sam: Lorey Sebastian; McCartney: basil Clunes/London Features

I Am Sam

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
132 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/28/01
performer:
Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laura Dern, Loretta Devine, Dakota Fanning, Doug Hutchison, Richard Schiff, Dianne Wiest
director:
Jessie Nelson
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
Kristine Johnson, Jessie Nelson
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

I Am Sam gets the High Concept award for making boomers smile while attracting the young ‘uns — wall-to-wall Beatles covers by the likes of the Wallflowers, the Black Crowes, Eddie Vedder, and others. Even if there are few radical reinterpretations (Chocolate Genius’ ”Julia” is a notable exception), these songs are like old friends. Particularly nifty are Paul Westerberg’s doleful ”Nowhere Man” and Grandaddy’s easy-rolling ”Revolution.” Best of all, you don’t even need to see the movie to enjoy it.