That’s what I am (2011)

8th grade. That’s the time when our character starts shaping up. In whatever timeline we are, some things never change in the 8th grade.There is always going to be that geek whom everyone doesn’t want to mingle with and that pretty girl with whom all the boys want to share a kiss with. Set in the 60’s, That’s what I am, is based on kids from the 8th grade, just before they blossom and reach high school!

Stanley (Alexander Walters) or Big G (G for ginger as he was a redhead), was one of the smartest kids in the school. But he was also one of the biggest geeks hanging out in the “geek corner”. Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), the English teacher, decided to pair up Andy (Chaise Ellison) with Stanley for a school project. Andy was frustrated with this choice and does not know what to do. He had no other option but to get the job done with Stanley. The film revolves around his narration of the happenings in the 8th grade at his school.

The film captures the kids very adeptly as they reach puberty. I think it was a very matured way to show that even the geekiest kid can be what he wants to be by maintaining his/her self respect and dignity. I enjoyed Ed Harris’s subdued characterization of Mr. Simon. I especially loved the part where Mr. Simon won a contest that involved describing world peace in 25 words or less and he just wrote an equation: Human Dignity + Compassion = Peace. The film is very crisp with some great lines by writer/director Michael Pavone.

Do watch this simplistic yet entertaining movie!

My rating: 3.5/5

My favorite line:

Life is about timing, opportunity and choices.

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Diminished Capacity (2008)

A review of another independent film- Diminished Capacity.

Diminished Capacity

The film is about a Chicago journalist, Cooper (Mathew Broderick) who suffers a loss of memory after a concussion. He goes to meet his ailing uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) on his mothers request. Uncle Rollie suffers from “diminished capacity” and holds on to a baseball card that he thinks is priceless. Cooper meets his old time girlfriend, Charlotte (Virginia Madsen) on his visit who is now separated from her husband and wants to make a move to Chicago to sell her paintings. Uncle Rollie decides that its time to sell his card and all of them travel to Chicago with that in mind.

The movie revolves around the baseball card as different people conspire to steal the card from Uncle Rollie once they find out how much it was worth.

I found the movie too slow paced and felt that it had a weak storyline. A few nice comic moments and some uncle-nephew bonding and that was it. Finally, show down at the end which really did not impress me much.

Overall, a light movie to watch and you can decide if it was too light weighted!

My rating: 2/5

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