I Am Sam (2001)

I Am Sam (2001)
  • Time: 132 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Jessie Nelson
  • Cast: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning


Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam’s limitations start to become a problem and the authorities take her away. Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita into taking his case pro bono and in turn teaches her the value of love and family.

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  • In an eye opening performance, Sean Penn plays mentally challenged Sam. It was the 2001 Academy Awards when I began to doubt the Oscars because Sean Penn was robbed of the Best Actor category. I really believed at the time, that Sean Penn was mentally challenged. He was way more deserving of the award than Denzel.

    This is one film that can tug your heart strings and have your eyes flooded with tears. It’s powered by the performances of Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dakota Fanning. Dakota has an innate ability to use her big beautiful eyes to induce crying. Michelle can steal a moment from Sean in any scene with her beautifully delivered words.

    The story of fighting for custody of his daughter is one for all ages and it’s a tragic story to be told but can captivate any audience and especially all mothers and fathers out there. When you finish watching, you’ll have red eyes from wiping away those tears. You’ll also be in a mood to start watching more movies containing Sean Penn.

    If you’ve never seen a Sean Penn film before this, you’ll believe that he is truly handicapped. Sean Penn’s commitment to this role is accounted for six months of research on mentally challenged people. I’m not knocking Denzel Washington as an actor, as he’s supremely talented. But Sean Penn has an uncanny ability to make you believe he is not playing a character of Sam, but is the character of Sam.

    The character of Sam, is not inspiring because he is handicapped. It’s due to how loving he is and how much fighting he does to get his daughter back and make her happy that makes Sam inspiring. Kids can watch this movie, and parents will enjoy it most of all. It’s not a movie that should be missed by anyone. There’s no reason to dislike, I Am Sam.

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