That's What I Am


Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

Plot summary

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Jessie Flower Photo
Jessie Flower as Additional Voice
Ed Harris Photo
Ed Harris as Mr. Simon
Amy Madigan Photo
Amy Madigan as Principal Kelner
Madison Pettis Photo
Madison Pettis as Additional Voice
651.68 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
P/S 0 / 1

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ShadyBarsoum10 / 10

What a Movie

Brilliant way to identify humanity, this movie will surely touch your heart and storm your mind, what is wrong with big G , is he bad only because he has big body features ?? Does it worth to have a smooth touch for someone who really need it ?? Do we have to be so rude to be special or simply search for the meaning of humanity and become a real human ?? Ed Harris was not just acting as a teacher he was really teaching all of us that human dignity means peace and humanity. Looking for real friends is not so difficult, friendship is not a word but an act and this vision is translated into a superb acting between Norman and Big G. I was really touched deeply by this movie and I recommend it for everyone.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle7 / 10

Somebody watched a lot of "The Wonder Years"

What the heck just happened? The WWE logo comes on, and a serious drama comes on. Is this a new effort to broaden out the WWE brand? This is a coming-of-age story of 12 year old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison) in 1965. He's a normal kid who's trying to survive school when Mr. Simon (Ed Harris) forces Andy with the school's biggest outcast the quiet giant red head Stanley (Alexander Walters).

Writer/Director Michael Pavone must have binge watched "The Wonder Years". This was filled with all the clichés, all the bully, all the first love drama, and even has the iconic older-self narration. Everything is jammed in there that it felt much more derivative than it needed to be. However to say something is derived from an icon like "The Wonder Years" isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Reviewed by Dr_Coulardeau10 / 10

Bigot hunters are fully eternal

This is a tender film because it deals with kids in eighth grade, just before high school, at the tender age of 14. At that age you have a certain number of kids, boys but also girls, who are cruel like devils, just because they are meeting with some difficulty in their life they cannot deal with and their pride made them take it down upon others and bully them. Cruelty is the most common goody these kids are living with and sharing.

The film is done from the point of view of a rather short guy, shy and who is used to be told by his father he did not do what he was doing well enough and having to let his father finish it. He dreams of kissing the best-looking girl in the school. And his luck or rather un-luck, though it might have been his best luck ever, was to be paired by his literature teacher with the tallest, ugliest, red-headed smartest and most bullied guy in the class, in the school.

That's the basics of the kid's story. One kid who is the friend of the main bully, is such an idiot and a racist that he panics one day because he is touched by the girl with dental braces. He then attacks her to get the curse off when the red-headed giant monster, Big G for most students, Stanley for some, gets him off his prey. That little, short small-minded imbecile just spreads the rumour that the literature teacher is a homo, as they said in 1965. His father and his mother are dumb enough not to know a rumour is nothing but a rumour and their kid has the worst possible complex imaginable. The teacher refuses to deny it and prefers leaving the school at the end of the school year to satisfy the rumourmongers. That's the gay part of the film. In 1965 the word "homo" was one of the worst accusations you could level at anyone but particularly at teachers and a rumour was just as good as proof.

Don't believe that has entirely changed. Not yet, far from it. Look at the aftermath of the most segregational law I know, DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act enacted in 1996 under Bill Clinton. One of the two anti-gay acts he had passed in Congress and he enacted. One is down DADT, Don't Ask Don't Tell, and DOMA is still there and has produced the most ridiculous segregation you can imagine in a developed country today. They can't segregate for racial reasons or national reasons, though they still go on for religious reasons, but they compensate their frustration with segregation for sexual orientation reasons. And they block the only thing they can block: marriage.

The film is eloquent about that kind of bigotry. The teacher has to run. The students can offer him a carful of flowers at the end of the year that won't change the bigots. They say homosexuality is a catching disease. But bigotry is not a disease and it is unmendable. Better reserve your place in a crematorium because that's alas the only solution. With time some may yield, but the die-hard bigots will only be satisfied with the smell of fire and grilled human flesh. Better be theirs after all since they like it.

The students of course are hardly concerned by the rumour and they carry on with their business: kissing the girls they want to kiss, singing if they want to sing, desiring a life of achievement and success. The bullies generally end badly. In this film they did and it is supposed to be a true story so it is a good thing the main bully managed to get 10-15 years of state-paid vacation in a state penitentiary.

Such stories happen everyday in schools, but unluckily a fair share of them end up badly and I am absolutely ashamed with it. We are still far away from a society of love when hatred and bigotry is still so present: Forty-one US states have banned marriage for same-sex couples in a way or another. Forty-one reasons not to vote for the Mormon Romney since the Mormon Church considers homosexuality as a disease that has to be cured with all possible means. Just like scientology by the way. Good morning all the bigots.


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