Critics are split over whether it is a gripping triumph or a sudsy melodrama. Indeed, the overall percentage of those suffering from mental retardation in the criminal system is greater than the statistical average. Sam attempts to hire an attorney, Rita Harrison who completely blows him off as a nut case. Sam was born, and he has to remain alive, and not just to exist and eat and sleep, no, but to live with the true quality of living. Keep in mind how would you feel if you were Sam and your daughter got taken away from you Keep an open mind that Sam tries so hard to be a good father and do everything he can for Lucy His main goal is to make more money to pay Rita his lawyer to get Lucy back Conformity : The act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms The judges and the children's ad societies believes that people with disabilities and abnormalities aren't considered normal in society. According to Heward 2003 , mental retardation refers to substantial limitations in present functioning and is characterized by significantly sub-average intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with related limitations in two or more adaptive skills.
However, April and Frank Wheeler wanted a different life. For the next seven years of Lucy's life, everything goes more or less smoothly, thanks to a support network that includes Sam's artsy, agoraphobic neighbor, Annie Dianne Wiest. The movie is not only an entertainment for the viewer; rather it features the social factor of the representation of the cognitive disability in today's world. Critical Review: I Am Sam The movie, I am Sam, is the portrayal of a mentally retarded single parent struggling to maintain custody of his normal intelligence daughter. Sam and his daughter have an indestructable bond and an overwhelming love for one another, which is very evident to viewers.
Sam is also a father. Their lawyer is played by Richard Schiff, putting a sinister spin on his sad-voiced, hyper-articulate character from ''The West Wing'' Toby Ziegler, director of communications. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. Although, he is mentally-challenged and the court argues whether or not he should keep Lucy. The movie had a lot to do with people with disabilities as it showed many different disabilities with Sam and his friends. But it is this that makes the film so touching, the outstanding performances given by both Penn and Fanning, shine light on the extraordinary characters and interweaving storylines that can be pulled out of the seemingly dull and ordinary landscape we are so often surrounded with. Or was it an accident? Some of the complexities of Lucy's relationship with her father -- proud, ashamed, confused and steadfast, like any child's, only different -- filter through, but the movie is paced and edited to suppress the slow, syncopated rhythms of daily life.
Movie Title I Am Sam 2. Psychological Illness Autism is portrayed in this movie with Sam who struggles to keep his daughter to live with him. While he is raising the child we see many signs of mental retardation. For his role as Sam, Penn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor at the74th Academy Awards in 2002. In the movie I Am Sam Sean Penn plays a man named Sam Dawson. The sweetness of the scene when they try to buy kids shoes is memorable, as are many small scenes accompanied by a light hearted.
. The opinions provided in the movie can be evaluated for determining that how representation of Sam as a person with disability fits within society. Following the birth of his daughter whom he names Lucy after a song written by the Beatles, his favorite band , the woman leaves and he is left raising his daughter with the occassional help of his friends. If you don't catch the two Beatles allusions in her name, don't worry; Sam does. During the trial Sam finally realize that he cannot take care of Lucy and she might be better off with her foster family who plans on adopting her.
It fits with the bird theme in a different and unique way. The reference to ''Kramer,'' Robert Benton's multiple Oscar winner, is a sincere form of flattery, but it is also something of a cop-out. He knows how to get around the city. The movie title says it I am Sam. Sam surprises Rita at a party. Benton, or perhaps Dustin Hoffman. However, because of her superior intellect, Annie, his female mentor, is selected to act as a character witness in his defense.
The film also has many sociological aspects that correspond to Sam and his daughter, Lucy's relationship as well as the effects on them separately. No excluded group that has opposed prejudice based on race, gender, or sexuality has ever advanced on the road towards equality by evoking pity in the dominant group. Since the movie does not believe this, it has a serious disagreement with most of the audience. He adores her, and she adores him right back. Sam chooses his attorney Michelle Pfeiffer because she has the biggest ad in the Yellow Pages, and she accepts his case for free having been embarrassed by him at a drinks party. Rita begrudgingly works with Sam to help him keep his parental rights, but chaos arises when Lucy convinces Sam to help her run away from the foster home she is being kept in during the trial. Turner wins the case against him due to his weakness.
They say silly, charming things. In smaller parts, Wiest, Richard Schiff, , and all are very fine as well, and the soundtrack of Beatles songs recorded by some of today's best artists is a genuine treat. Hollywood needs to learn a simple lesson in representing mental illness and learning disability: parity not pity. Rita didn't want to represent Sam At first wasn't worth her time Co-workers saw her deny him Rita wanted to look good Became a more appreciative person Became passionate about the family and wanted to help 3. The writers, Kristin Johnson and Jessie Nelson, spent months researching and observing developmentally disabled adults in order to provide an accurate representation of the issues faced by the special needs population. But rather than follow the moment to its end -- does Lucy calm Sam down? He says he sure would. They subsequently cast two actors with disabilities, Brad Silverman and Joe Rosenberg, in key roles.
Parents need to know that I Am Sam portrays a mentally challenged man and his impassioned efforts to parent and retain custody of his precocious young daughter. I like the way that the story of Stellaluna was woven into the film. The film launched the career of Dakota Fanning, who was then seven years old and had only acted in two small roles. Stages of Development : Erikson's Stages of Development. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! His neighbor Annie Dianne Wiest , a piano-player and agoraphobe, befriends Sam and takes care of Lucy when Sam can't. Mental Retardation and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. There are many leading causes of mental retardation.
Once on their way, she explains to her father that the only possible way for them to. Rita learned from Sam that she was loved. During the trial, however, Sam breaks down, after being convinced that he is not capable of taking care of Lucy. Disabled people are most of the time considered as different from other people in society due to their disabilities. Over the course of the trial, Sam gets a new job at Pizza Hut and Annie leaves her apartment for the first time in years. During the final custody hearing to determine if Sam, who has the mentality level of a seven… 2992 Words 12 Pages Mikaela McMorine October 21st, 2012 Analyzing an Interview Movie: I Am Sam directed by Jessie Nelson The individuals involved in the interview are a man diagnosed with Autism subject S and a female lawyer subject R. It is used widely throughout I Am Sam, mainly to characterise the main character of the film, Sam.