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Awesome: 15.15%
Worth A Look: 18.18%
Pretty Bad: 21.21%
Total Crap: 3.03%

3 reviews, 15 user ratings

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I Am David
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Distant relation to Sam?"
2 stars

Paul Feig, writer of the defunct TV series “Freaks and Geeks” makes his directorial debut with his own adaptation of Anne Holm’s book of the same name, about a young falsetto-voiced boy who is sprung from a communist concentration camp, with instructions to get from Bulgaria to Denmark.

Each destination along the way sets up a zany bunch of characters, all of different languages, locales, and liberties, but all played with the same wide-eyed, naïve, and indistinct blandness as the last. The language on-screen is at all times English, once with a verbal warning that if David listens closely enough, he’d be able to pick up on foreign dialects, but the ability to do so here is a lazy resort. (As he stays with an Italian family for a brief time, the dining interlude suggests that the family has never sat down to eat together before.) Everyone sounds British and everyone speaks like the British, and is therefore never much of an awareness of the potential for cultural exploration and excitement. Much of the rest of the movie itself is a lazy attempt to replicate a base effect of this child’s perspective in a huge world; the progressive plot is straightforward and banal, the flashbacks are rudimentary, over-blown and over-emphasized, the characterizations are generic and cartoonish. Yet for all the reliance on childish elements and the storybook illustrations in place of scenes, the movie actually contains very little action to advance the winding course of the words that are so effortlessly spoken. The words creak with calculated composition (“You have to look at paintings differently than other things. More closely, listen what it tells you.”) that never sufficiently capture the foreignness of the situations or individuality of people, but instead you come out feeling like you’ve been talked down to for the past 90-minutes by your parents.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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User Comments

5/17/11 Chris. Surprised at haters. 5 stars
1/29/11 fartvenugen sickly sweet and worst of all, dull. 2 stars
9/23/06 Scott A I absolutely loved this movie. I bought the DVD. Story, scenery, music is first-class. 5 stars
10/17/05 Ry Good Movie, great story 4 stars
8/20/05 saulg worth expeeriencing 4 stars
8/13/05 Simon It's a comforting movie. But frankly, i'm not comforted by mediocre films. 3 stars
6/24/05 Rob Demsick The only character I didn't want to bludgeon with a pencil was Jimmy C. Zero plot .Painful 1 stars
6/19/05 Quigley jim caviezel truly has played jesus in more than just the passion of the christ. good film. 4 stars
12/25/04 mcanones beautiful, awesome, want a part 2 of it 5 stars
12/04/04 tushar sweet movie 3 stars
11/28/04 Padraig Quinn It's the yellow brick road except David's trip didn't start out in Kansas. 5 stars
11/23/04 Phyllis Kelley sweet, believeable,great music&scenery 4 stars
11/12/04 Dean Collins Sweet movie 4 stars
1/03/04 Leo Flavin Why can't hollywood make more movies like this! 5 stars
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  03-Dec-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 05-Apr-2005



Directed by
  Paul Feig

Written by
  Paul Feig

  Ben Tibber
  James Caveziel
  Joan Plowright
  Francesco De Vito
  Adrian McCourt
  Paco Reconti

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