Simon Birch

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Released 1999

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Director:
Mark Steven Johnson
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG
Simon Birch is a 1998 drama written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. It is based on the novel 'A Prayer For Owen Meany' by John Irving. Simon Birch tells the story of a lifelong friendship between two boys. Simon Birch (Ian Michael Smith) was born with a mysterious medical condition that limited his growth. Simon also believes that God has chosen him for a special purpose. Joe Wenteworth (Joseph Mazzello) is a son of an single mother and a member established conservative New England family with deep roots. The two boys are outcasts, Simon for his size, and Joe for his parentage. After a freak and horrific accident test their friendship, both boys decided to set out to find Joe's father. Just as they are about to succeed in their mission, a situation develops that demands the actions of a hero and Simon steps forward to fullfill his destiny. Simon Birch also features Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, and Jim Carrey.moreless

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  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    Johnson, on his maiden voyage as director, treats every scene as if it were a bonbon, almost too precious to consume, and Marc Shaiman's score is a running series of mood cues.

  • 30

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Johnson (who scripted "Grumpy Old Men") flattens out any promise so completely that the feature resembles nothing so much as a subpar "Hallmark Hall of Fame" entry.

  • 0

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    No doubt there are those who will deem Simon Birch ''heartwarming.'' It is exactly the kind of movie that has given that hackneyed superlative a bad name.

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Comedy, Drama

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90s