While ostensibly about how the System failed Stevie, this documentary is, of course, really about James who frets, ad nauseam, about his own motives in imposing himself on Stevie and his dysfunctional family.
Stevie is a depressing account of the ways in which violence perpetuates more violence, and a somber portrait of a family's (and health care system's) failure to give a young child the love and stability he so desperately needed.
One might conclude that the enormous value of a film like Stevie lies in its ability to take us places we'd probably never go otherwise -- not merely as guilty liberals, but as thinking individuals who want to learn something about the world we inhabit.
In this complex and soulful documentary, Steve James (Hoop Dreams) explores his caring relationship with a troubled young man and in the process reveals that no one can save another person despite good intentions.
Compelling, while at the same time off-putting, the documentary presents what seems to be a sincere and boldly honest glimpse into the life one Stevie Dale Fielding. Some ten years prior, the filmmaker (Steve James) offered himself as a big brother to the