It would be nice if the script gave Mr. During the final custody hearing to determine if Sam, who has the mentality level of a seven… 2992 Words 12 Pages Mikaela McMorine October 21st, 2012 Analyzing an Interview Movie: I Am Sam directed by Jessie Nelson The individuals involved in the interview are a man diagnosed with Autism subject S and a female lawyer subject R. The movie parallels the two families to show that just because one has success and is intelligent does not mean one is a better parent than Sam would be. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. Faced with a seemingly unwinnable case, Sam vows to fight the legal system and forms an unlikely alliance with Rita Harrison Michelle Pfeiffer , a high-powered, self-absorbed attorney who initially takes his case pro bona as a challenge from her colleagues.
But rather than follow the moment to its end -- does Lucy calm Sam down? In the courtroom, he is appalled when Rita makes a witness cry by dredging up her past to discredit her. What problems are they likely to have as she gets older? Sam Dawson the protagonist of the movie is man who has a mental disability who has a mind of a 7 year old. Penn's brother, , is also featured on a duet with his wife. On top of that much like Cat in the Hat and the Fox in Socks, Sam-I-Am defies reality to a cartoonish level. Keep up the good work! Year of Production 2001 Theatrical 2002 Home Video 3. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond after the Beatles song and raises her.
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. Character Background The name of the film selected for this case study is I am Sam. If you don't catch the two Beatles allusions in her name, don't worry; Sam does. 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. From freaks to savants:disability and hegemony from the hunchback of Notre Dame 1939 to Sling Blade 1997. And he has raised his little girl named Lucy Diamond after the Beatles song alone for seven years, ever since her mother ran away days after her birth. Sexuality is clearly lacking for most characters with disability 2002.
Lucy's mother, a homeless woman, gave the baby to Sam and disappeared shortly after giving birth. Sam is seen as childlike, multiple times throughout the movie. In the end, Rita learns much from Sam, and he attributes to her becoming a better person. Feature Length 134 Minutes 4. It is a family-friendly film with strong messages about love, friendship and the argument of whether what is true is always what is best. Do they leave the restaurant? For this movie paper, I chose the movie I am Sam. The incidents leading up to the interview are with regards to a custody battle concerning subject S and his seven year old daughter.
It seemed impossible for Sam to win back custody, but he shoed people how much love and structure he gave to Lucy. It is because of this criticism that Sam-I-Am is widely regarded as a trickster with good intentions. They are connected through a professional-helping relationship. The movie is heartbreaking at moments but definitely has a beautiful outcome. He can manage simple change. But she's just a little too 'Hollywood cute'. Sam more or less understands this, but does the adoptive mother? He's an everyday guy trying to get by.
Major Character Cast Sam Dawson played by Sean Penn Rita Harrison played by Michelle Pfeiffer Lucy Diamond Dawson played by Dakota Fanning 7. The glowing last scene, with Sam performing in a role that's clearly beyond what he has been shown to be capable of, is just phony. Insightful portrait of a mentally challenged father. 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. Though Sam provides a loving place for precocious Lucy, she soon surpasses his mental ability. Penn more room to explore the dimensions of Sam's humanity, but Ms.
The foster family decides not to adopt her like they planned. Seuss on the Loose, Brian Lohmann in the Living games version, and John Kennedy in The Wubbulous world of Dr. I saw this movie years ago, when it first came out, and remember being touched by this movie. Starbucks is prominently featured as Sam's workplace, and many other products and retailers are identified. .
In an attempt to prove to others that she is not cold, Rita agrees to take on Sam's case. As Lucy, Dakota Fanning is given more range, as is Laura Dern, in the role of Lucy's foster mother. In the large amount of legal proceedings Sam goes through in the movie, I expected to hear a formal diagnosis or at least a technical term for Sam's mental capabilities, but there was none. The authorities take her away and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. It was from his observation of people at the workshop from whence he drew his portrayal of Sam.
There are several heartwrenching scenes during which Sam and Lucy are forcibly taken from one another. He wears a red hat and a yellow shirt. A the scenery, storyline, and themes of the film at first sight, seem achingly ordinary. The film begins with Sam Dawson Penn sorting sugar packets with obsessive-compulsive precision at the Starbucks he has worked at for almost half a decade. Movie Title I Am Sam 2.