Simon Birch tells the story of Joe and Simon's heart-warming journey of friendship. Simon Birch was born with a condition that makes him much smaller than all the other kids in town. Now, due to his condition, Simon thinks God made him this way for a reason and highly believes in God. Together, Joe and Simon go on a journey of trust and friendship to find the answers to many things. Their friendship is put to the test when some unfortunate events happen.Written by
From almost the beginning, I knew I was in the hands of amateurs. They don 't give me a chance to like the characters before they're already force -feeding me with contrived emotion and fake poignancy. I can't really put my finger on it. Maybe it's the music, constantly wailing at me to feel feel. I'm already human; you can take it down a notch. Maybe it's the characters, all of whom I found rather obnoxious. But it's one thing to bear witness to a masterful storytelling which contains characters meant to be obnoxious. And it's quite another to experience said obnoxiousness in spades simply through the filmmaker(s) ineptitude. (Of course that Mazzello kid really just needs to be slapped. And Platt! Don't get me started ... he's currently on a crap-sappy marathon train ride straight to hell.) Maybe it's that I found much of the situations they put Ian Michael Smith into rather condescending and undignified. Someone's gonna say I'm nitpicking or obsessing because he's small. I'm not PC-knee-jerking that he should be either treated as if he were big or not seen at all. What I am saying is that with the filmmaker(s) heavy hand(s), he came off like an adorable little circus freak. And he was barely (just barely) given the chance to be anything but (the sinking-bus scene comes to mind). I often felt the director was trying to make the audience feel at ease with laughing at the little guy. ("It's a heartfelt tear-jerker; of *course* I 'm sincere!" "I'm not laughing at him, I'm just laughing with a profound joy in reaction to my heart-strings being tugged.") And Jim, Jim Jim Jim, what are you doing to me man? Not that I don't buy you in a serious role. I know you're good. But pick and choose, man, pick and choose!
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