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Like all sorts of people, there are lovely mentally handicapped people and there are nasty mentally handicapped people. At least the latter told its story with humor and some spunk.
Sam, on the other hand, totally collapses under its own condescending energy. The film tells the story of a mentally retarded man named Sam Dawson Sean Penn. There, an unnamed woman has his baby. Left on his own, Sam tries to take care of baby Lucy to the best of his abilities, and things actually go quite well for the first few years.
He gets some help from friends; agoraphobic neighbor Annie Dianne Wiest assists nicely, and Lucy grows up to be a sweet and smart little girl. This sets the ticking time bomb in motion as many folks start to fret: From there Sam becomes a legal drama.
Sam approaches shark lawyer Rita Harrison Michelle Pfeiffer to handle his case. Where do I start? It takes terrible films to a totally different level.
However, Sam is so manipulative and absurd that it makes Rain Man look like the model of cinematic restraint. However, it also used radically stylized colors to make its points.
Whenever we see Sam and Lucy interact happily, the hues look all warm and fuzzy, but as soon as we enter the courtroom or other official domain, things become viciously cold and clinical. Clearly director Jessie Nelson thought too much when she took film classes.
She tried to take every easy technique to make her points and packed them all into this flick. All this served to do was bludgeon the viewer over the head with her points, as the film totally lacked any sign of subtlety. That extended to the acting. How in the world did Sean Penn get an Oscar nod for his work here?
As for Pfeiffer, I initially enjoyed her overamped antics as an aggressive lawyer. However, I knew those came with a price, as she eventually would drop her defenses and become a warmer, more likable person. At that point, her performance ceased to seem entertaining. She managed to appear provocative at first simply because of her excesses, but that was all.
Could Sam possibly have telegraphed its points more heavily? This movie clearly believes in a world of absolutes. Since Sam, Lucy and their cohorts come across as almost totally good, that meant those on the other side of the coin need to be evil.
I work in the field, so I know exactly how hard it is to get social workers to do anything. Kids can be in clearly problematic situations, but it takes severe issues for anyone to remove them from those places. I know of cases in which inept mentally retarded parents care for severely mentally retarded kids, and it would clearly be best if the child went elsewhere.
It takes serious issues and treats them in such an obvious and patronizing way that it makes most TV movies look thoughtful and well balanced by comparison. It even provided an ending that seemed stupidly neat and tidy. From the thin and stereotypical characters to the ridiculously contrived and forced situations to the heavy-handed filmmaking techniques, Sam fails on virtually all fronts.
Sharpness usually appeared positive.
Most of the movie remained nicely crisp and well defined, but a few wider shots showed mild signs of softness. I Am Sam In this movie, Sam Dawson, is a developmentally disabled adult who has been raising his daughter Lucy for seven years.
He receives help in raising Lucy from a group of friends that also have developmental disabilities. Speakers Profile - Catherine McGregor AM Exclusively Represented by Claxton Speakers International; Travels From: Canberra. Fee Range: E Catherine McGregor is a freelance writer broadcaster and author.
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