That's What I Am (2011)
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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, That's What I Am is a coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley aka "Big G" (Alexander Walters), on a critical
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Since a large portion of the film is taken up with the theme of school bullying, it may have some contemporary relevance, but good intentions do not always a good movie make.
A forgettable title and a barely there theatrical release don't do justice to the captivating and nostalgic coming-of-age dramedy "That's What I Am"...
Mr. Harris's depiction of a saintly, soft-spoken, bow-tie-wearing middle-school teacher lends the movie a moral weight it probably couldn't have summoned had another actor played the role.
Lessons are learned, bullies get their comeuppance, and every Wonder Years plot device is trotted out for maximum and-I-was-never-the-same-again nostalgia.
Nothing turns out as you might expect, and the plot twists provide unexpected suspense.
The only half-decent picture to come out of World Wrestling Entertainment's years-long experiment with making movies
That's What I Am isn't a movie, sadly, it's an unreconstructed piece of television and one that's suffused with the values of the US networked shows of yesteryear.
It means to be an earnest, uplifting family film, but the movie evinces a fitful attention span, and director Mike Pavone never comes up with a way to successfully stitch together all its disparate, capital-I issues.
The latest (and by far most sneaky) attempt to slip one of its wrestlers into multiplexes, WWE Films' That's What I Am is surprisingly low on testosterone.
Charming but conventionally plotted, it's a gentle ride that's lit up by compelling turns from Harris and Ellison.
WWE Films went really highbrow with their latest movie... This is WWE's take on Gandhi!... Truly touching, which is not something I could say about 12 Rounds or The Condemned.
[VIDEO] ...an awkwardly plotted drama that doesn't satisfactorily resolve the prickly social conditions it professes to explore.
A charming, inspirational indie (with a terrific performance by Ed Harris)...upholding such time-honored principles as tolerance, human dignity and compassion.
What we learn here is that bullying is definitely, but definitely, a bad thing. Sadly, so is this film.
A placard preceding the film's title card assures that it's "inspired by true events," but the note is unnecessary, given the limpness of the narrative arcs. Who would make up such an anticlimactic story?
Audience Reviews for That's What I Am
- Mr. Simon: You should always have a book with you.
- Big G.: I can't make them be nice people. And even if I could, there would be others to take their place.
- Andy Nichol: My father was a good man. He just wasn't very user friendly.
- Mr. Simon: I am a teacher that's what I am.
- Mr. Simon: Human dignity plus compassion equals peace.
- Andy Nichol: Why would God make someone look like Big G, so that everyone makes fun of him?
- Sherri Nichol: Maybe because God didn't see anything wrong with him in the first place.
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