Alice King
June 21, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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