Have you seen “That’s What I Am”? This is a fantastic anti-bully film staring Ed Harris.
Set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, “That’s What I Am” is 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 the ridicule and abuse of his junior high school peers. Andy just wants to blend in but unfortunately, a confrontation is brewing that will change the course of his life forever. From trying to avoid the dreaded “Geek Corner”, to wooing the prettiest girl in school, Mary Clear (Mia Rose Frampton), Andy is going to learn a lot about himself and life in general before he graduates.
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 “butt” of every joke since grade school. But Mr. Simon teams Andy with Big G for a reason; there is a method to his madness.
After Mr. Simon suspends a student for brutally whipping a female classmate because the cruel boy “thinks she has cooties”, he finds himself the target of a malicious rumor that could leave a mark on his reputation for life. Mr. Simon ultimately chooses to leave the school to protect the Principal’s (Amy Madigan) reputation. When Andy watches Stanley fearlessly confront a school bully, a series of events are unleashed that will change the lives of both young men – and their teacher – forever.
If you have not seen this film and you live in the area, it will be playing Thursday 11/15/12 at the Third Street Cinemas, Santa Rosa, CA. Third Street Cinemas is graciously hosting this event. Presented by Montgomery High School.
Cost is $10
Showtimes will be at 6PM and 8PM
Bring your family!