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I Am Sam

PG-13| 2 hr. 12 min.

Plot Summary
"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 a unique group of friends. 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.

Cast: Sean Penn , Michelle Pfeiffer , Dakota Fanning , Dianne Wiest , Loretta Devine , Richard Schiff , Laura Dern , Brad Allan Silverman

Director: Jessie Nelson

Genres: Drama

Distributor: New Line Cinema

I Am Sam (2001)

Release Date: January 25th, 2002|2 hr. 12 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • Contrived, manipulative and shamelessly sentimental, this film is notable for the courageous reach of Sean Penn, who gives a bold, heartfelt performance. show more

  • The film's one realistic performance is that of Dakota Fanning as Lucy, whose child's shame, fear and resourcefulness ground the movie in recognizable behavior. She breathes air into this suffocating enterprise. show more

  • Penn makes us take the leap required by Kristine Johnson and Jessie Nelson's screenplay -- you end up deeply caring about Sam and Lucy. show more

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