I Am Sam!

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  1. Troy LaMont

    Troy LaMont Supporting Actor

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    I just watched the trailer for this movie starring Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer and a new young actress named Dakota Manning.
    This movie looks to be DAMN good! I've never been a big fan of either Penn ofr Pfeiffer, but I think I may have to go see this movie.
    It sorta reminds me of Rain Man - All growed up!
    Troy
    I Am Sam trailer
     
  2. TerryRL

    TerryRL Producer

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    The general consensus from critics is that Penn will receive a Best Actor nod for his work in "I Am Sam". Pfeiffer could also end up with a nod as well. I also took a look at the trailer and the movie does look really good.
     
  3. Holden Pike

    Holden Pike Stunt Coordinator

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    Are you guys kidding?
    When I saw the I Am Sam trailer a few weeks ago I was laughing - and not in a good way. To me it looks like the most manipulative, maudlin, insincere, crappy-crap-crap Oscar-bait of the season! I think Sean Penn is flat-out brilliant, and not only would I still happily jump Michelle Pfeiffer's bones, I think she's underrated as a thespian. BUT, this movie looks just plain awful and shameless. I Am Sam is marketed toward people who find NBC's "Providence" and the WB's "7th Heaven" a little too dark and edgy. I hope it's as good as Patch Adams!
    Anyway, enjoy it, fellas. [​IMG]
     
  4. Craig S

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    I'm kinda with Holden on this one. The Academy loves to give out awards to actors who play characters with some kind of disability, and this looks like Sean Penn's attempt to snag one. Penn is a great actor, and arguably should have won for Dead Man Walking, but this is a little disappointing.
    As for the subject matter - I dunno, looks more like fodder for an episode of "The Practice" than a must-see movie.
     
  5. Rob Willey

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    I saw this trailer too and while I believe you can never predict a movie's quality from the trailer, I did think that Dakota Fanning looks like an engaging little actor. Might be worth checking out.

    Rob
     
  6. Paul_D

    Paul_D Cinematographer

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    I remember reading a report that the crew burst into tears during some of Penn's more emotional scenes. I haven't seen the trailer, but I know that trailers rarely reflect the mood, or overall quality of a film. They're usually constructed to rope in the most viewers. I bet this one'll be a cracker.... Sean Penn is the greatest actor alive today!
     
  7. ChrisMatson

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    I think this one looks promising. A sappy, feel-good movie can still be a good movie.

    -Chris
     
  8. Dave White

    Dave White Auditioning

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    I'll line up right alongside everyone praising Penn's talent, but I doubt I'll see this movie. Watching the trailer was about as much fun as pokng myself in the eye with a fork...
     

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