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That's What I Am (2011)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  29 April 2011 (USA)
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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.

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

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Randy Orton's film debut. See more »

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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Andy is headed to Mr. Simon's house, a white 90s Lincoln Town Car can been seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Norman Grunmeyer: Oh... my... God! Why not just buy a gun and let Ricky Brown shoot you in the eye?
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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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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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Great lesson and characters
3 February 2011 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It was shown as their Centerpiece Film, a film airing only once and marking the mid-way point in the Festival. It told a wonderful story and highlighted a beautiful lesson in humanity. The characters were great! I especially loved the dynamic of the parents of the main boy in the film. They could not have been more opposite. The mother was a compassionate, open-minded critical thinker. The father was a traditional, stern man of the 1960's era. Ed Harris displayed incredible patience and Amy Madigan's role as the school principle was marvelous. Both of their roles really sucked you into the movie. I really hope that someone recognizes the value of playing this movie in schools and makes it happen.


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