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I Am Sam

SAM DAWSON (SEAN PENN) LIVES with a moderate learning disability that prevents him from progressing past a job of clearing tables and sorting sugar packages at Starbucks. However, it doesn't stop him from fathering a child after the softhearted man offeres a homeless woman a place to sleep. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 132
Theater Release: 27 Dec 2001
Video Release: 17 Jun 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How can fictitious movies with constructed characters like Sam work to convince audiences to believe an argument? How does knowing screenwriter and director (in this case, the same person) are in complete control of a character like Sam effect your perception of the story? How do you feel about Sam’s desire to raise his daughter? The movie claims, “All you need is love” to be a parent. Do you think there are any other essential qualities required for raising a child?

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