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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 ... Self
Marc Ian Barasch Marc Ian Barasch ... Self
Coleman Barks Coleman Barks ... Self
Noam Chomsky ... Self
John Francis John Francis ... Self
Thom Hartmann Thom Hartmann ... Self
Chris Jordan ... Self
Dacher Keltner ... Self
Rollin McCraty Rollin McCraty ... Self
Lynne McTaggart Lynne McTaggart ... Self
Daniel Quinn Daniel Quinn ... Self
Dean Radin Dean Radin ... Self
Elisabet Sahtouris Elisabet Sahtouris ... Self
Marilyn Schlitz Marilyn Schlitz ... Self
Richard Shadyac Richard Shadyac ... Self
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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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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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You have to admire it's heart and passion and it's desire to make a difference in the world.
1 May 2011 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'I AM': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Director Tom Shadyac (the man behind such popular comedic blockbusters as 'ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE', 'THE NUTTY PROFESSOR', 'LIAR LIAR', 'PATCH ADAMS', 'BRUCE ALMIGHTY' and 'EVAN ALMIGHTY') brings us this heartfelt well intentioned documentary that tries to address the very broad questions of 'what's wrong with the world' and 'how can we fix it'. Shadyac speaks with several well known spiritual and intellectual figures about the topic. The film has a lot of good heart and strong moral messages. Whether it teaches us anything is another question.

The film focuses at first on Shadyac's post-concussion syndrome he fell victim to due to a bicycle accident in 2007. He tells of his suffering and depression and how when he started to heal and get better he decided to make a film about his psychological struggle. Shadyac sold his mansion and gave away all his excess money and material possessions to charity and moved into a trailer park in Malibu. The rest of the film focuses on discussions about man kind's addiction to materialism, competitiveness and the desire to do well at the expense of others.

You have to admire the film's spirit and intentions but whether it actually teaches us anything new or leaves the viewer with any kind of satisfactory resolution is pretty debatable. It points out that the economy is not necessary even though we treat it like it is and there's enough available in the world to provide for all it's inhabitants but it doesn't offer any ideas on how to change people's ideas and corrupted belief on the matter. It argues that people are basically good and there's a common nature in all of us to help one another we just have to embrace it. The ideas and ideals of the film are all great and beautiful but the film doesn't offer any realistic methods in making them a reality. It's also slow paced at times and somewhat poorly edited together. Still you have to admire it's heart and passion and it's desire to make a difference in the world.

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$10,092, 20 February 2011

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$1,591,034

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