Some of the nicest scenes in the movie revolve around Sam's interactions with his friends. As he rushes to the hospital to witness the birth of his child, lights begin moving and the first twangs of The. For example, he's sitting in a diner when an attractive young woman smiles at him. One of his strengths is his love for his daughter. A lawyer Rita Harrison played by Michelle Pfeiffer plays an important role in this film as she… 1669 Words 7 Pages Case Study of Sam Dawson Author's name Author's institutional affiliation Author's note Case Study of Sam Dawson Part 1 I. .
He receives help in raising Lucy from a group of friends that also have developmental disabilities. Jessie Nelson and Kristine Johnson, who co-wrote the screenplay, researched the issues facing adults with developmental disabilities by visiting the non-profit organization L. They subsequently cast two actors with disabilities, Brad Silverman and Joe Rosenberg, in key roles. As they work together to secure Sam's rights, Sam helps Rita see her own life, anew. He had such a way with words that reached not only his target audience of children, but became a phenomenon across the country with adults….
The would-be adoptive mother, played by , further complicates the issue by not being a cruel child-beater who wants the monthly state payments, but a loving, sensitive mother who would probably be great for Lucy. Is it the amount of intellectual maturity displayed or the level of love given? The Athletic Department has about 73 employees. The first was ''Vanilla Sky. Brief Synopsis Mentally disabled Sam Dawson is a single father fighting to keep custody of his daughter Lucy with the help of his pro-bono lawyer, Rita Harrison. As a character Rita does for high-powered career women what Sam does for the mentally disabled, which is to say nothing new.
When a social worker takes Lucy away, Sam enlists a high-powered attorney to help get her back. Oddly, this is the second movie this season in which a character declares that his favorite Beatle is George Harrison. By making Sam real, Penn somehow makes his disability irrelevant. They subsequently cast two actors with disabilities, Brad Silverman and Joe Rosenberg, in key roles. As a veteran of disability services I can tell you the characters seem authentic enough. But it is this that makes the film so touching, the outstanding performances given by both Penn and Fanning, shine light on the extraordinary characters and interweaving storylines that can be pulled out of the seemingly dull and ordinary landscape we are so often surrounded with.
There is no doubt in his mind that he is capable of raising his daughter, and providing her with the tender, love and care that she needs. They say silly, charming things. Character Background The name of the film selected for this case study is I am Sam. He is a single father to his daughter Lucy; the mother was homeless and abandoned Sam and Lucy right after she was born. The incidents leading up to the interview are with regards to a custody battle concerning subject S and his seven year old daughter. I will be describing two different scenes of the movie to show how facial expressions are an important element of communication as well as two other scenes to show how the social exchange theory of relationships works in this movie.
The writers, Kristin Johnson and Jessie Nelson, spent months researching and observing developmentally disabled adults in order to provide an accurate representation of the issues faced by the special needs population. Although, as she forms a connection with Sam, she realizes and learns from Sam that love is the key aspect of raising a child. Sam Dawson is a man with mental challenges. Lucy loves Sam very much, however she knows he was not the average father, as she told her best friend that she was adopted. In one scene Sam, disturbed by a change in routine, causes a scene in a restaurant, which allows us to see, through Lucy's eyes, a side of him that is hard to manage. The man behind these fictional characters is Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Unlike Sam, Rita has strained relations with her own child, a young boy.
This is a fabulous premise for what is one of the most entertaining, heartwarming, humorous pictures of the year 2001. When he's under pressure or confused, he recounts arcane anecdotes about the group that have an uncanny metaphoric relation to whatever is going on around him. Finally, it is a movie about dignity. This is a best-case scenario for foster care — reunification with ongoing support from a family that has come to love the child. He manages to work as a busboy at Starbucks, and finds joy in his life. She is a ball of furious ambition and, needless to say, frustrated maternal instincts, speeding through the city in her Porsche and barking into her cellphone while her marriage founders and her child's resentment grows. Sean Penn does a tremendous job as Sam.
Every device of the movie's art is designed to convince us Lucy must stay with Sam, but common sense makes it impossible to go the distance with the premise. On one occasion, he lets a young woman stay with him. Anyone who has tried to raise a young child will be helpless before ''I Am Sam,'' a shamelessly uplifting melodrama about a mentally challenged man fighting for custody of his young daughter. The writers, Kristin Johnson and Jessie Nelson, spent months researching and observing developmentally disabled adults in order to provide an accurate representation of the… 894 Words 4 Pages I am Sam I am Sam is a 2001 American drama film written and directed by Jessie Nelson, starring Sean Penn as Sam who has an intellectual disability that had sole care for his daughter Lucy Diamond played by Dakota Fanning. The final scene depicts a soccer game, in which Sam referees and in which Lucy participates as a player. Is it the amount of intellectual maturity displayed or the level of love given? Jessie Nelson and , who co-wrote the screenplay, researched the issues facing adults with intellectual disabilities by visiting the non-profit organization L.