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I Am Sam

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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 C+

What to say about Penn’s Rain Man-meets-Forrest Gump mentally challenged dad (garbed in the requisite zip-up jacket and high-waters), who must save his pixieish little girl from the clutches of a cruel social services system? He’s got a passel of adorably tic-filled (and similarly challenged) pals, a kooky neighbor (Dianne Wiest), and a hardass lawyer (Pfeiffer) who just might learn a little something from his idiot-savant wisdom. Oh, the word mawkish comes to mind.