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I Am (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | February 2011 (USA)
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Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.

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Credited cast:
Ray Anderson Ray Anderson ... Himself
Marc Ian Barasch Marc Ian Barasch ... Himself
Coleman Barks Coleman Barks ... Himself
Noam Chomsky ... Himself
John Francis John Francis ... Himself
Thom Hartmann Thom Hartmann ... Himself
Chris Jordan ... Himself
Dacher Keltner ... Himself
Rollin McCraty Rollin McCraty ... Himself
Lynne McTaggart Lynne McTaggart ... Herself
Daniel Quinn Daniel Quinn ... Himself
Dean Radin Dean Radin ... Himself
Elisabet Sahtouris Elisabet Sahtouris ... Herself
Marilyn Schlitz Marilyn Schlitz ... Herself
Richard Shadyac Richard Shadyac ... Himself
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Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.

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What if the solution to the world's problems was right in front of us all along? See more »

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English

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February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$39,690, 11 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,571,355, 1 July 2011
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Tom Shadyac described making the documentary as "freeing", giving himself complete creative control along with his small crew. See more »

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Tom Shadyac: An ocean, a rainforest, the human body, are all co-operatives. The redwood tree doesn't take all the soil and nutrients, just what it needs to grow. A lion doesn't kill every gazelle, just one. We have a term for something in the body when it takes more than its share, we call it: cancer.
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Meh
16 August 2014 | by imdb-1978See all my reviews

Even though in my opinion there are enjoyable parts in the documentary -those being how the individual struggle for power is pointless and counterproductive-, it falls easily into the definition of a new-age, pseudo-scientific documentary.

I always think when I hear some kind of statements like those put by some of the interviewees. And those thoughts end up revolving the question "if you know so little of science, why are you using science to sell your delusional spiritual idea?". Just go with the spiritual idea and don't bastardize (i.e.) quantum mechanics! Yeah, a bit like "The Secret". Thanks to films like this you'll have somebody telling you that "The 'electromagnetic aura' that your heart is producing communicates with me in spiritual ways". Or equivalent mumbo-jumbo. This should be like church and state: don't mix science with pseudo-spiritualism.

There are fine interviewees like Noam Chomsky or Desmond Tutu. There's a nice message promoting empathy and coexistence through cooperation. However, those fine feelings don't surpass the perception of facing a documentary that is pretentiously deep, but doesn't even scratch the surface of the complexity of our current overpopulated civilization. Or the surface of the complexity of human behaviour, for that matter. In my opinion, it doesn't link humans with the nature of societies in a satisfactory way. In a way, I feel like "it's food for thought of simple minds". Even though that sounds quite arrogant.

In the technical approach, I would say that somebody in the editing should learn the concept of 'aspect ratio' (that intermittent stretching that I doubt it's only in my copy of the film).


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