I Am Sam the Movie - a Reaction Paper

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I AM SAM – A REACTION PAPER

I. Summary

“I AM SAM” tells the story of Sam Dawson who is mentally-challenged raising his daughter, Lucy (named after the Beatles’ Song), with the help of his friends with mental retardation including Annie. As Lucy turns seven she begins to overpower the intellectual ability of his father. Other children tease Lucy for having a retarded father, and as a result, she become too embarrassed to accept that she is more intellectually advanced than her father. The authorities take Lucy away, and Sam approaches a high-priced lawyer, Rita Harrison, into taking his case Pro Bono (free). In the end, the foster family who planned to adopt Lucy decided to return her to Sam, with an arrangement that Randy, the foster mother, will help him raise her.

II. Personal Reaction

“I AM SAM” is a story between a retarded father and a loving daughter. The story is one of the touching movies that I have seen. Compared to other movies, the story of Sam is very unique because he is a retarded father who has raised his child with love and patience despite of his disabilities. For me, it is an award-winning movie because as I have said, the story is very unique and has lots of twists and turns that makes the viewers entertained and learn as well. Learn, in the sense that people will become open-minded of what the retarded persons can do and will appreciate them.

I really like the story because it reminds me of my classmate who has a sister with a mental retardation. It’s very realistic because nowadays there are lots of cases that are alike with Sam’s including my classmate and her sister. I also like the story because the characters were really great in interpreting their roles specially the person who interpreted Sam’s character. The part of the story that I really like is when Sam told Rita that she is a perfect person and don’t have feelings. It’s like I’m the shoes of Sam because I really felt the emotions that Sean Peen (Sam...
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