Major Character Cast Sam Dawson played by Sean Penn Rita Harrison played by Michelle Pfeiffer Lucy Diamond Dawson played by Dakota Fanning 7. For example, he's sitting in a diner when an attractive young woman smiles at him. She comes over and asks him if he would like to have a good time. On the surface the two couldn't be further apart, but in reality they are subtly similar. In his corner Sam has Rita Harrison as his lawyer.
She became the youngest actress to be nominated for a. In the original illustrations of the book Sam seemed to change size, especially when he was next to his co-star. In the movie's frequent montage sequences, Sam plays with his daughter, Lucy, walks a gaggle of dogs or hangs around with his friends, accompanied by songs like ''You've Got to Hide Your Love Away'' and ''Across the Universe. Feature Length 134 Minutes 4. Kramer,'' one that reduced parents to helpless tears 22 years ago. Keep up the good work! He wears a red hat and a yellow shirt. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! The most amazing thing about this movie is how not only does it tell a story about a mentally disabled man who wants custody of his daughter, but it also shows how some people can be to caught up in there work or own lives to be able to consider their child's life.
The reference to ''Kramer,'' Robert Benton's multiple Oscar winner, is a sincere form of flattery, but it is also something of a cop-out. The function of the disabled in Hollywood tear-jerkers and also, often, of blacks, the elderly, and occasionally the poor of the third world is to make the rest of us feel better about ourselves. Together this group of individuals, have strict weekly routines. Parents who are disabled provide a unique metaphor for how we're all trying to get through an incredibly challenging world and how we all ultimately need some type of support system. It shows how no matter who you are you can love someone or something. Written by I wanted to like this movie- I have a brother who is mentally handicapped but after watching it I felt it had tried to hard to manipulate my emotions in such an obvious way.
Or was it an accident? Sam Dawson is a developmentally or intellectually challenged adult male, who has a young daughter, primary school aged, named Lucy. Critics are split over whether it is a gripping triumph or a sudsy melodrama. American Psychologist, 38 1 , 820-825. He can manage simple change. The balance of the movie shows Sam fighting for his daughter.
Sam and his daughter Lucy Dakota Fanning have gotten through the basics, though not always in the conventional way, with the help of Sam's tightly-knit group of friends. Sam-I-Am was voiced by Paul Winchell in the special Dr. And Lucy running away from her foster parents to be with Daddy. He receives help in raising Lucy from a group of friends that also have developmental disabilities. Insightful portrait of a mentally challenged father.
However, after this class and having worked with children with intellectual disability, I saw this movie in a new light. The soundtrack was nominated for the. If only the filmmakers had trusted the material and the audience a little more, then I Am Sam wouldn't feel so manipulative and dishonest. For the next seven years of Lucy's life, everything goes more or less smoothly, thanks to a support network that includes Sam's artsy, agoraphobic neighbor, Annie Dianne Wiest. They say silly, charming things. However, when she reaches the age of 7 and her mental capacity appears to be surpassing her fathers, trouble arises and Lucy is taken away from Sam. The Diagnosis Many diagnoses are being portrayed in this film such as, mental retardation and autism.
I will be describing two different scenes of the movie to show how facial expressions are an important element of communication as well as two other scenes to show how the social exchange theory of relationships works in this movie. It is made clear in the film, that if these routines are met, it is very difficult to the other members of the group. The final scene depicts a soccer game, in which Sam referees and in which Lucy participates as a player. 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. Social security services bring their attention to Sam and Lucy as her 8th birthday approaches. And his mental capacity is that of a 7-year-old.
As Lucy, Dakota Fanning is given more range, as is Laura Dern, in the role of Lucy's foster mother. No one reviews movies like you do. Movie Title I Am Sam 2. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. She should not have been allowed into the world. They subsequently cast two actors with disabilities, Brad Silverman and Joe Rosenberg, in key roles. Comparative Information The movie portrays Sam Dawson as a mentally deficient parent.
Also featuring Dakota Fanning and Dianne Weist. He is a single father to his daughter Lucy; the mother was homeless and abandoned Sam and Lucy right after she was born. He may have developed mental disabilities, but he does not have bad health and is physically fit. I was personally very moved by the entire story. Despite his disability, Sam is well-adjusted and has a supportive group of friends with disabilities, as well as a kind, neighbor Annie who takes care of Lucy when Sam cannot.