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This amazing movie shows a very well obtained combination of excellent
acting (specially Sean Penn and Dakota Fanning), a powerful and deep
script and the excellent choice of a music to make you feel totally the
beauty of this film, a piece of art. It's also well fitted how the
camera shots move constantly, making you feel more like being next to
the characters and almost feel inside the story. Besides the characters
of Sam and Lucy, my heart got touched by Brad, what a performance!, he
deserves a prize for this!. Thumbs up for Jessie Nelson!.
About the Movie: This touching story is about Sam (Sean Penn) a man mentally retarded who works at Starbucks, has some particular friends (also with mental problems), but very close and is a fan of the Beatles, and who has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandoned him and his daughter too. He named her daughter Lucy Diamonds (Dakota Fanning) (after Lucy and the Sky with Diamonds Beatles song). He makes his best effort to raise her and they develop a relation based on pure love. When Lucy gets to 7 years old, she start to became smarter than his father (who according to studies has a 7 year old boy I.Q.), Because of that, the authorities take her away from him in order to search for adoption by a standard family. Sam starts a quest to recover back his daughter; and he finds help on Rita Harrison (Michele Pfeiffer), a high price lawyer who takes his case as Pro Bono. The story evolves emotionally, visually an musically almost perfect, reaching the point of a piece of art.
9/10! Two Thumbs Up, Excellent!
This kind of thing in the UK is all too real.In fact Social Services have removed many kids from their parents-in most cases not single ones but BOTH-and the same Social Services are directly responsible for kids being murdered because if a child has been placed on the AT RISK register SSs have never monitored them properly.Its happened twice this year and its only February! So this movie is not as much fiction its a comment on Society as well. Its very well done and only an oddball would criticise it.It was over too soon really and seems wide open for a sequel to take the story further after the implications at the end,that the chosen foster mother whose husband left her could very well develop a relationship after Sam told her every child needs a mother. The circumstances of his daughter's birth told the viewer earlier that she wasn't planned that she was an accident but the woman who gave birth to her didn't want her hence she was taken by Sam. Soon the SS comes snooping and she's taken away-yet she's not at risk. Sam is seen as not being fit to raise a child so get legal aid to fight it and this is the main of the story. Sam is supposed to be retarded yet his knowledge of the Beatles is good enough for him to have been employed as a Beatles Tour Guide if such a thing had been available in his town. Right from the beginning you are on his side and definitely not the prosecutors in the court room who are just throwing the book around all the time-a job they do because they're paid to do it. One of them reminds Sam his daughter will be 6 years in front of him IQ wise by the time she's 13 but that's a dumb thing to say-today kids are teaching their parents things like using computersIn fact Sam talks a lot of sense while the prosecutor is only thinking of her monthly salary The use of Beatles songs was a great idea as so many of the songs act as comments on the situation. So imagine a scenario for a sequel-it begins in the Court Room where Sam has to say whether his circumstances have changed and Sam is able to say he and the foster mother have decided to get married.The story could then turn into Sam becoming a successful tour guide for the town's new Beatles museum
A mentally retarded man, Sam, fights for custody of his 7-year-old
daughter, and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value
of love and family.
This film reached my expectations but it didn't overcame it. It was kinda disappointing, if you think about it. This film is not very good but it's good without getting bad but this is a great film all about loving people.
The acting by Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer were exceptionally great, while others like Dakota Fanning and Loretta Devine were okay.
The cinematography was good. It shows how Sam's world is, using quick cuts between one who is retarded might feel like.
Although not a better film than I thought it would be, this film is predictable but good but kinda too long.
Penn gives a wonderful performance and Pfeiffer is very genuine and
I won't go into the intricacies of the story since I wouldn't do it justice, but what stands out is that there are very different 'smarts' out in the world. These smarts allow us to flourish in different ways but in the end it boils down to what you really love that makes everyone special in their own way. Sam's parenting and empathy smarts and Rita's practical and intellectual smarts are ultimately shared between themselves for the benefit of all involved. Dakota Fanning was great too, as usual. Great things are ahead for this young lady.
I've heard two big complaints about this movie. The first has been in
regards to Sean Penns performance as a mentally retarded man. It's not
as good as Rainman, or What's eating Gilbert Grape say reviewers.
They're right. It's better. The complaints sound similar to those who
frequently complain about movies taken from popular books. It's
different then how they saw it the first time, or how they imagined it
should be so it's bad.
The second common complaint is that it's a "sappy" film. It's classified as a drama, so you should come to expect a little sappiness. Otherwise, maybe you should check out a different genre.
The chemistry between Sean Penn and Lucy is good. Both their characters are likable, esp Lucy's. Michelle as a cold-hearted lawyer, is far less likable, but I believe that was intended.
If you're looking to see a film about ordinary people fighting a flawed system check this one out. If you're not into heavy, heartfelt dramas pass on it.
This is one of the most sensible movies which make me think of parents.
Sam Dawson , played Sean Penn lives in Santa Monica and works at Starbucks. One day, a baby which girl was born , but few days later , his wife gone out of his life. She abandoned them. However Sam has an incoherence thinking , so he can' t say why she gone somewhere. This movie' s vest parts start from here. Sam and his daughter Lucy spend enjoy life with his friend' s and a grandma help. His friend' s are very kind and interesting. Lucy' s smile show how it is great. But .. this is not continued. Someday, they are separated because of his illness. They spend many days without each other. He fought with his lawyer Rita Harrison , played Michelle Pfeiffer, at first they are not much , but gradually their teamwork better.
This movie is unspeakable for me, only one thing that I want to say is "Family is important and love is very strong ".
This is the third Sean Penn film that I've seen since Fast Times At
Ridgemont High and Mystic River and it was a wonderfully, moving story
to watch. He is a great actor who gave a stunning performance worthy of
an Oscar award, never has a movie touched at my heart like I Am Sam
has. The rest of the cast did a phenomenal job, newcomer Dakota Fanning
was adorable and sweet as Lucy a 7 year old girl who is wiser beyond
Sam Dawson, (Penn) is a mentally challenged man who works at a Starbucks coffeehouse and is a huge fan of the Beatles, he just had a baby girl with Rebecca (Keenan) a homeless woman. She abandons them outside the hospital and he is left to look after his daughter whom he names Lucy Diamond on his own. Sam has help raising his daughter from a group of wonderful friends Ifty (Hutchison), Robert (DeSantis) , Annie Cassell (Wiest & Joe (Rosenberg). But as Lucy (Fanning) reaches the age of 7 Sam's limitations begins to be a problem, she holds back to avoid being smarter than he is.
When social services takes her away Sam hires big time lawyer Rita Harrison (Pfeiffer ) to take the case as pro bono, he hopes that this woman can help him get his daughter back. As time passes by Sam teaches Rita about love and family and whether it's all you really need. The scene I like the best is when he's looking at his daughter in awe after she arrives.
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I absolutely loved every minute of this movie. It had me from start to
finish. Not to mention, it was the one of the only movies I've ever
cried to. (The other one is Dancer in the Dark)
The acting in this movie is superb. Sean Penn does a phenomenal job playing his character. My favorite character in the movie, Rita, played by Michelle Pfeiffer is also great. I love her temper and the ways she lies. Lucy, played by Dakota Fanning, is very nice to watch. She gives an amazing child performance.
The music in the movie is all from the Beatles, which I though was pretty cool. I loved every song in the film, but my favorite was Strawberry Fields Forever. It really fit into the movie.
The scene is when Rita pushes over Sam's origami wall and cries out to him. I loved that scene. I strongly suggest this movie to any audience, except one who despises a melodrama.
"I am Sam" is a story telling us that people at the sideline of the community are individuals with the same feelings and the same needs as everybody. In this story we get sympathy for the father, the excellent acting Sean Penn, fighting against prejudice and admire of his courage. Jessy Nelson brings the subject with humor, not like a teacher. The dialogs between Sam and his lawyer are full of fine humor, that keep you smiling. The only weak part of the film is the end. There is no direct connection by the kind of happiness Jessy Nelson have chosen for the last scene. A more subtle end would be more credible. But at the whole is the simple story lifted to a great drama by supreme performance of all the actors. A great film.
Sean Penn shows once more that he is one of the most ambitious gifted
mature actors of his generation.His portrayal of a mentally retarded
father trying to get his daughter's custody is so strong that ,thanks
to him,the movie avoids the usual clichés of those melodramatic plots.
Sam knows he is a dunce ,but there's one thing he 's very good
at:Beatles albums,songs ,life.Every time Sam speaks of the Beatles,his
face is beaming.And there are nine songs in all in the soundtrack and
they were all chosen with taste ."Two of us" is an obvious choice.But
"Lucy in the sky with diamonds" ,"Across the universe " (a better use
than in "Pleasantville" ), "I'm looking through you" ,"Strawberry
fields forever", "golden slumbers " ,"you've got to hide your love away
(which enhances the most moving sequence in the whole film)"Blackbird"
and "Mother's nature son" always come at the right moment.One should
note they are covers.His lawyer is not as endearing cause we've seen
that kind of character one hundred times or more and Pfeiffer is not an
actress subtle enough to transcend the limitations she is working
But sit down and watch M.Penn work.I'm sure he loves the Beatles as much as Sam does.And as much as I do.
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