I Am Sam

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Released 2002

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Director:
Jessie Nelson
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13

I Am Sam is the acclaimed and heart wrenching 2001 drama featuring two of film's biggest stars directed by tear jerker specialist Jessie Nelson (Stepmom, The Story of Us, Corrina, Corrina). The story concerns Sam (Sean Penn) who has the mental ability of a 7 year old, and is trying to raise his daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning). Sam is a loving and caring parent, he wants nothing better than to see Lucy, who is holding back in school so she won't appear smarter than her father, to do her best and become the smartest. Sam has a misunderstanding with the law that alerts Child Protective Services to his situation. There is a misunderstanding that reveals that Lucy gets told she was adopted, so she runs away upset. A social worker removes Lucy from Sam's custody. Sam retains the services of a high priced layer (Michelle Pfeiffer), who takes the case pro bono because everyone thinks she is to money hungry to ever take a pro bono case. Thus Sam fights the system to try and get his daughter back.

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