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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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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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Ginger  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Randy Orton's film debut. See more »


The movie opens on May 17, 1965 (date seen on classroom chalkboard). Andy later enters his living room at home where his mom is watching a news report on TV about the war in Vietnam. The reporter's voice (sounds like Walter Cronkite) is clearly heard narrating a retrospective of the events of the Tet Offensive that began in January 1968, and the Battle of Khe Sanh that ended in July 1968. See more »


[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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Well made thought provoking coming of age family film
16 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great performances by Ed Harris and entire cast that she'd light on bullying and growing up as a kid..Molly Parker really stole our hearts throughout the engaging and warm movie. And McG with his akwardness and charismatic ways had us on his side the entire film. Truly a well made film by WWE and they should make more films like this as opposed to their lesser Genre's. Remarkably made and great ending .Overall this motion picture had a very thought provoking message. I especially like the ending credits of where they are all now and by the way the Swedish Supermodel Yvette is the Famous model Yvette Rachelle. I highly recommend this movie for all ages as it has a great lesson to be learned by folks of all ages.

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