Critics are split over whether it is a gripping triumph or a sudsy melodrama. Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. Sam and the baby who he names Lucy Diamond, after Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds bond and he grows to become the very best father anyone can be. I was fortunate to have to have…. Eventually Lucy decides to stop learning so she won't get ahead of her dad.
Sam Dawson is a developmentally or intellectually challenged adult male, who has a young daughter, primary school aged, named Lucy. It totally annoyed me and it was excessive. The movie is extremely well edited, that puts the viewer into the subjective perspectives of the characters. A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family. Goal Greater Opportunities for the Advanced Living. Director Jessie Nelson directs this story about a mentally disabled adult named Sam.
A gentle, yet impactful film, the story revolves around several dysfunctional, yet essentially loving relationships, the most important being that between the characters portrayed by Sean Penn, and Dakota Fanning. A the scenery, storyline, and themes of the film at first sight, seem achingly ordinary. The balance of the movie shows Sam fighting for his daughter. Feature Length 134 Minutes 4. The incidents leading up to the interview are with regards to a custody battle concerning subject S and his seven year old daughter.
The film also has many sociological aspects that correspond to Sam and his daughter, Lucy's relationship as well as the effects on them separately. Jessie Nelson and Kristine Johnson, who co-wrote the screenplay, researched the issues facing adults with developmental disabilities by visiting the non-profit organization L. The story is one that is universal, and can be related to on any level, shallow or deep. We quickly see that this high income, well respected, intelligent attorney has a life so screwed up that she should be the one with a social worker looking after her son, who both she and her husband all but ignore. They have a sweet father-daughter relationship, and Lucy is only mildly concerned that, at 7 years old, she has the same mental capacity as her daddy. Sam loves the Beatles and there are so many awesome references and clues to their songs and lyrics that part almost makes a movie within a movie! We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.
Suddenly, Lucy is taken from Sam and his life drastically altered. What I didn't like about the movie was Michelle Pfeiffer's cursing. Sam, who is faced with a nearly impossible-to-win case, decides to fight they system and pairs up with a popular attorney named Rita. I chose the movie I am Sam to challenge my own opinion on how people with disabilities should be treated under certain circumstances. Later we learn, she was a homeless woman who only wanted a place to sleep - and we understand that she never cared for Sam, only used him for a bed.
How do you see those struggles in the families around you? And he freely gives Lucy all the love he possesses. Within his circle of acquaintances are four special needs adults who are his close friends and two normal intelligence adults who exhibit disordered behavior. A deeply touching story and beautifully acted by Sean Penn who was nominated for an Oscar for this role in 2001. I will not enter the fray of Sean Penn's performance as Sam, beyond saying that I was able to get past the fact that it was Sean Penn; while Penn has had some good roles, I am no fan. People like you don't feel anything! Please Note: If this review was not helpful to you, I would appreciate learning the reason s so I can improve my reviews. I Am Sam is the compelling story of Sam Dawson Sean Penn , a mentally-challenged father raising his daughter Lucy Dakota Fanning with the help of an extraordinary group of friends. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond after the Beatles song and raises her.
Advertisement Sam loves the Beatles his favorite is George. The advantage of media is that it can educate viewers with all the different kind of information but it can also portray false delusions especially when dealing with people with some kind of disability. Sam is turned into a real person. Other characters two of whom are actually developmentally disabled give insightful performances that may enlighten older kids and teens about people with special needs. Major Character Cast Sam Dawson played by Sean Penn Rita Harrison played by Michelle… 1490 Words 6 Pages I Am Sam December 16th, 2010 In the movie I Am Sam, I will be discussing two elements of communication, facial expressions and the social exchange theory of relationships.
Lucky for him, a high-powered attorney named Rita Michelle Pfeiffer is guilted by her colleagues into taking his case for free, but she has her work cut out for her. He also has a neighbor named Annie, played by Dianne Weist who is some sort of musical genius but has been living like a hermit or recluse the last twenty or so years. As Lucy turns seven and begins to intellectually surpass her father, their close bond is threatened when their unconventional living arrangement comes to the attention of a social worker who wants Lucy placed in foster care. He played Sam physically as a man with a stilted walk, spastic hand movements, and dyskensiac facial expressions — a man who was somewhat clumsy. Feature Length 134 Minutes 4.