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A boy (Chase Ellison) learns about appearances, tolerance and other concepts when his teacher (Ed Harris) pairs him with a misfit student to work on a class project.

Cast & Crew

Ed Harris
Mr. Simon
Chase Ellison
Andy Nichol
Molly Parker
Mrs. Nichol
Daniel Yelsky
Norman Gunmeyer
Alexander Walters
Stanley aka "Big G"
Amy Madigan
Principal Kelner
Michael Pavone
Screenwriter
Kenneth Zunder
Cinematographer
Marc Pollon
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James Raymond
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  • 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.

    May 9, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Charming but conventionally plotted, it's a gentle ride that's lit up by compelling turns from Harris and Ellison.

    May 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 29, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • An entertaining, well-made plea for tolerance...

    April 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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"...

    April 28, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 28, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for That's What I Am

  • Aug 23, 2013
    The film was ok, but could have been so much better. They had the right idea but didn't execute it correctly. The film feels like an after school special. It has a very strong anti-bulley message and to be tolerant of others message. The film lacked the style that it needed. Also another director could have done a better job. Rob Reiner in my opinion, would have done a better directing job. The film reminded me of the TV show The Wonder Years. It also reminded me of films like Flipped, The Sandlot, Matinee, and even Stand By Me. Those films are better than this one. I did like the voice over narration in the film. Acting wise, the kids shine here. The adults in the film are supporting players. Of the adult actors, only Ed Harris really makes the most of his role. Randy Orton is miscast in the film. Another actor in that role could have done a better job. Randy feels out of place in the film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2013
    Cute film set in the 60s with a story that would be just as relevant set in today's culture. Definitely a "feel good" movie with heart!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2012
    Dignity plus compassion equals peace is the message of this really enjoyable, nice little movie. As an added bonus, this was very Wonder Years-ish, complete with author narration. A good, solid story with interesting characters, and chock full of some very talented children. Ed Harris was, of course, fantastic! He adds a little special something to everything he is in...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2011
    "That's what I am" reminds me a bit of a cheesy wonder years rip off. The narration, the time period, the girl - and while I do say cheesy - I also must have to say, it worked magnificently! The movie had some great meaning behind it being released during WWE's waging of war on bullies while it is slightly exaggerated at points it reminds us how cruel children and humanity in general can be to those who seem a bit different then the rest of us. We all have our unique personalities, and one thing we should generally exercise is, "Tolerance" , if nothing else. This movie reminds us of being tolerant of differences and showing signs of human dignity that is hard to come by anymore. A great flick! And an awesome 'heel' performance by Randy Orton.
    Bobby H Super Reviewer

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