Jessie Nelson and Kristine Johnson, who co-wrote the screenplay, researched the issues facing adults with developmental disabilities by visiting the non-profit organization L. It was groundbreaking in its genre and set a new standard to fantasy novels. Positive personal identity is another theme. Sam kept Lucy safe, he provided for all her needs. Sam is turned into a real person. For example, the opposing lawyer suggested that Sam could not possibly know how to be a good father because he grew up in an institution and had no parental role model.
Some are happy, romantic, or a tragedy. Sam sired a baby girl with a homeless woman who was looking for a place to spend the night. Oh but he was given tools to use for the fight, uphill and unfair though it is. He fails to prove his ability to take care of his child because autistic people are distant in nature and due to this reason they are unable to convey their thoughts and feelings to others. Lucy: She is a very smart and sneaky young girl.
Indeed, there was a Beatles theme to the movie. Major Character Cast Sam Dawson played by Sean Penn Rita Harrison played by Michelle Pfeiffer Lucy Diamond Dawson played by Dakota Fanning 7. For more information on this advertisement-free service access the Website at: You can have the latest disability rights news delivered to your email Inbox every week day. A story about an entrepreneurial guy giving a hard sell to a buyer? The movie had a lot to do with people with disabilities as it showed many different disabilities with Sam and his friends. I am Sam is a movie featuring Sean Penn as Sam, who is cast as an adult male with the learning capacity of a 7 year old with autistic tendencies.
Sam brings the party wherever he goes. The film, I Am Sam details the struggle of Sam Dawson- a man living with mild intellectual… 1394 Words 6 Pages I chose the movie I am Sam to challenge my own opinion on how people with disabilities should be treated under certain circumstances. Senior Research Associate Overseas Development Group University of East Anglia. And if we think of him as a Cat in the Hat type-guy, questions of motivation fly out the window. Within his circle of acquaintances are four special needs adults who are his close friends and two normal intelligence adults who exhibit disordered behavior.
By making Sam real, Penn somehow makes his disability irrelevant. Together this group of individuals, have strict weekly routines. He says he sure would. This contrast helps the development of the plot. Click on a plot link to find similar books! Should Sam be allowed to continue raising Lucy? Lucy is taken away from Sam by the authorities and is only given visitational rights for a couple of hours each week while under supervision. How's that for true Americana? Language has forever held a hypnotic power over us, influencing the way we think and act.
His neighbor Annie Dianne Wiest , a piano-player and agoraphobe, befriends Sam and takes care of Lucy when Sam can't. These signs symbolise the path that Sam is now forced to take: raising Lucy on his own. You sail off a swing into the arms of he who loves you and he whom you love, and see an adamantine brilliance that so few in this world can provide. Is it the amount of intellectual maturity displayed or the level of love given? How far would you go to keep it, and for what cost would you ever give it up? The retarded men were scorned because they quoted movies. It is a time of enormous change in the political and social. You can't have heroes and villains when the wrong side is making the best sense.
Because a real parent would feel that pain and exclusion. His job was working at Starbucks, and then he quits and works at Pizza Hut. An outlier that has been put down and still stays standing to pursue what he or she wants to do and to become the best he or she can be at that certain thing. The film won the inaugural from the , and was nominated for the and the. The dad fights his way through the legal system to win her back. It was a means of surviving and having a peaceful life.
It is also a movie that explores deeply and with humor what it means to be a good parent -- and an authentic human being. He played Sam physically as a man with a stilted walk, spastic hand movements, and dyskensiac facial expressions — a man who was somewhat clumsy. After an incident that happened at her birthday party Sam and Lucy are visited by social worker and Lucy is taken away from Sam. His social interaction skills are very low, but he is able to communicate with others. Sam visits Harrison and tries to convince her to take his case.
Sam attempts to hire an attorney, Rita Harrison who completely blows him off as a nut case. They are connected through a professional-helping relationship. The authorities take her away and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. 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. John Lecturer Department of English Southern University Bangladesh This thesis submitted. This ended up being a custody battle in the court, Sam. The coolest ad there leads him to Rita, a driven, out-of-sorts, hurl-insults-at-the-traffic sort of attorney.