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That's What I Am (2011)

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A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of ... See full summary »

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(as Mike Pavone)

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(as Mike Pavone)
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Jim Nichol
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Alexander Walters ...
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Camille E. Bourgeois III ...
Jason Freel (as Camille Bourgeois)
Renwick D. Scott II ...
Dan Rainier
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Irene Freel
Sarah Celano ...
Karen 'Cootie' Connor
Dalton Mitchell ...
Sam Nolan (as Dalton Zachary Mitchell)
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A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley, aka "Big G" (Alexander Walters), on a critical term project. Sporting thick orange hair, a head too big for his body and ears too big for his head, "Big G" has been the object of ridicule since grade school. Before long, Andy will learn that there was truly a method behind Mr. Simon's madness as to why he teamed these two up. As the story unfolds, Mr. Simon finds himself the target of a malicious rumor after Principal Kelner (Amy Madigan) suspends a school bully for brutally beating up a female classmate whom he thinks has "cooties." When Andy watches "Big G" fearlessly confront the school bully, a ... Written by Anonymous

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I'm a Teacher. I'm a Singer. I'm a Writer.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic material throughout, language and some bullying | See all certifications »

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29 April 2011 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Randy Orton's film debut. See more »

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"Teach Your Children" by Graham Nash was recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1970. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: It has often been said that children are cruel. So goes the tale of Big G.
Mr. Simon: [reading to the class from Joan of Arc] Joan looked at the generals and said, my business is not with you. You have not craved the counsel of war. Then she turned toward the kings Privy Counsel and continued. No, it is with you, a counsel of war. It is amazing. Counsels of war have no value, but to decided between two or several doubtful courses. But a counsel of war when there is only one course?
Narrator: Big G had ...
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Crazy Credits

During the credits photos from the Eagles yearbook are accompanied by a brief description of the future of the main characters. See more »

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Featured in Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011) See more »

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Come And Get It
Composed by Eli Husock, Ryan Spraker, and Mike Montgomery
Performed by Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & The True Loves
Courtesy of Capitol Records
under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Somebody watched a lot of "The Wonder Years"
8 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

What the heck just happened? The WWE logo comes on, and a serious drama comes on. Is this a new effort to broaden out the WWE brand? This is a coming-of-age story of 12 year old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison) in 1965. He's a normal kid who's trying to survive school when Mr. Simon (Ed Harris) forces Andy with the school's biggest outcast the quiet giant red head Stanley (Alexander Walters).

Writer/Director Michael Pavone must have binge watched "The Wonder Years". This was filled with all the clichés, all the bully, all the first love drama, and even has the iconic older-self narration. Everything is jammed in there that it felt much more derivative than it needed to be. However to say something is derived from an icon like "The Wonder Years" isn't necessarily a bad thing.


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