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That's What I Am (2011)

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A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Pavone (as Mike Pavone)

Writer:

Michael Pavone (as Mike Pavone)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Mr. Simon
Chase Ellison ... Andy Nichol
Molly Parker ... Sherri Nichol
Daniel Roebuck ... Jim Nichol
Randy Orton ... Ed Freel
Daniel Yelsky ... Norman Grunmeyer
Alexander Walters Alexander Walters ... Big G
Mia Rose Frampton ... Mary Clear
Amy Madigan ... Principal Kelner
Camille E. Bourgeois III Camille E. Bourgeois III ... Jason Freel (as Camille Bourgeois)
Renwick D. Scott II Renwick D. Scott II ... Dan Rainier
Jordan Reynolds Jordan Reynolds ... Ricky Brown
Vanessa Cloke ... Irene Freel
Sarah Celano Sarah Celano ... Karen 'Cootie' Connor
Dalton Mitchell Dalton Mitchell ... Sam Nolan (as Dalton Zachary Mitchell)
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A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley, aka "Big G" (Alexander Walters), on a critical term project. Sporting thick orange hair, a head too big for his body and ears too big for his head, "Big G" has been the object of ridicule since grade school. Before long, Andy will learn that there was truly a method behind Mr. Simon's madness as to why he teamed these two up. As the story unfolds, Mr. Simon finds himself the target of a malicious rumor after Principal Kelner (Amy Madigan) suspends a school bully for brutally beating up a female classmate whom he thinks has "cooties." When Andy watches "Big G" fearlessly confront the school bully, a ... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

I'm a Teacher. I'm a Singer. I'm a Writer.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material throughout, language and some bullying | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Red See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of many collaborations between Ed Harris and his wife Amy Madigan. See more »

Goofs

"Teach Your Children" by Graham Nash was recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1970. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: It has often been said that children are cruel. So goes the tale of Big G.
Mr. Simon: [reading to the class from Joan of Arc] Joan looked at the generals and said, my business is not with you. You have not craved the counsel of war. Then she turned toward the kings Privy Counsel and continued. No, it is with you, a counsel of war. It is amazing. Counsels of war have no value, but to decided between two or several doubtful courses. But a counsel of war when there is only one course?
Narrator: Big G had ...
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Crazy Credits

During the credits photos from the Eagles yearbook are accompanied by a brief description of the future of the main characters. See more »

Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Come And Get It
Written and Arranged by linkl=nm3499962] (as Eli Husock), Ryan Spraker, and Mike Montgomery
Performed by Eli 'Paperboy' Reed & The True Loves
Courtesy of Capitol Records
under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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"I'm a Teacher. I'm a Singer. I'm a Writer"
9 October 2011 | by theinaniloquentSee all my reviews

A coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers.

That's what I am is a WWE film, which caught my attention because the film was actually amazing! The film, acting, and everything is all very real and captures middle school just as it is. I was very surprised by this and wish the average was a little higher than a 7. Parents to kids: The film touches very deep and suggestive materials that some might find no suitable. Not a problem for me, but as seeing how people can get a little strict about that stuff, just calling it out there. The acting is very good and very real and they took as I can see a long time trying to capture the emotions. Not really that great as I put it, but they did a very well job. And even to add on to that, this is a WWE film which is a big step up for them and if they could continue making movies like this, that'd be great. So. I highly recommend this to anyone who well has good taste in movies and can learn to surpass the WWE sign popping up before the movie. 7/10.


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