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Simon Birch


simonbirch12-year-old Simon Birch (Ian Michael Smith) grows up in the 1960s as an intelligent, stubborn outcast, suffering from arrested growth; he finds a friend however in the fatherless Joe (Joseph Mazzello). Director Mark Steven Johnsonā€™s debut gets a shot in the arm from young Smith as the child who is convinced of the fact that God has a special plan for him; his acting is on a level of maturity one would not expect (Mazzello is also good as his buddy). There are bizarre elements, as always in John Irvingā€™s stories, and the movie tugs at our heartstringsā€¦ but not enough to make me surrender completely to it.

1998-U.S. 113 min. Color.Ā Directed byĀ Mark Steven Johnson.Ā Novel:Ā John Irving (ā€A Prayer for Owen Meanyā€).Ā Cast:Ā Ian Michael Smith (Simon Birch), Joseph Mazzello (Joe Wenteworth), Ashley Judd (Rebecca Wenteworth), Oliver Platt, David Strathairn, Dana Iveyā€¦ Jim Carrey.Ā 

Trivia:Ā Irving was allegedly dissatisfied with the film and wanted his name removed from the credits; he also requested the main characterā€™s name to be changed. Sandra Bullock was allegedly considered for the part of Rebecca.

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