The gentle seriocomedy That's What I Am stars Chase Ellison as Andy Nichol, a 12-year-old middle schooler coming of age in California during the mid-'60s. Though exceptionally intelligent, Andy is also shy and backward -- a social outcast among his schoolmates -- and will do virtually anything to avoid ridicule and ostracism. Andy's perspective changes, however, after a popular teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs him up on a school project with an even bigger pariah than he is: Stanley (Alexander Walters), also known as "Big G" -- an awkward boy with thick orange hair, a head that's much too big for his frame, and oversized ears. Both boys find the partnership odd, but learn in time that Mr. Simon has something very definite in mind for them.~Nathan Southern
This movie isn't for everyone. It doesn't go at a the break-neck pace that people, not me, have become accustomed to today. Yet it doesn't go so slow as to make you say get on with it already like lots of other low budget movies do as they waste your time with dozens of shots of the lead character "thinking" or driving or anything else that makes their actual 40 minute story drag on for 90 minutes. Ed Harris is a brilliant actor and how he doesn't get nominated for more awards is beyond me. There's a mystery involving his character here that is handled beautifully at the end. I can't think of one really bad actor among the kids in this film. They all did a really good job. I usually despise narration in movies but all the words said just add to the movie instead of detract from it as is usually the case with narration. The only thing that hurts it slightly is Randy Orton's horrible acting but WWE had to put one of their sub-par actors/sports entertainers in it.
Speaking of WWE. I was obsessed with wrestling for 30 years and know more about wrestling up until 2007 than almost anybody not working in the business or related to someone in the business. Vince McMahon is in my top 2 all-time hated human beings EVER. I watched this online before buying it here and when the WWE logo flashed on the screen at the beginning I almost stopped the video but decided I'd give it 20 minutes, which is the usual amount of time I give the garbage today before I say enough already and stop watching. If I'm giving this 5 stars, you better believe I think it's unbelievably great to overcome the McMahon factor and it shocks me in ways you can not imagine that the devil McMahon, that's real life devil Vince McMahon and not the "sports entertainment" character Mr. McMahon, shocked I say that anything McMahon had a hand in could be this great considering the dung movies they put out month after month and who he is as a person. If you're saying to yourself I'm not watching this because of all those other awful WWE movies, you'd be wise to think again.
All ages can enjoy this but if you have school age kids you should really let them watch this movie and learn what tolerance and understanding are all about.
I didn't rate the DVD extras because I just bought this yesterday and it hasn't been shipped yet but as I already said have already watched this movie, several times in fact. BUY IT!