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That's What I Am (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $6,400Details
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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, 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, pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley aka "Big G", on a critical school 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. After a dramatic incident in the schoolyard, teachers and parents rethink their roles in school and society. Principal Kelner suspends a school bully for brutally beating up a female classmate. The vindictive father of the bully makes Mr. Simon the target of a malicious rumor about his sexuality, causing Mr. Simon to question his calling as an educator and mentor to his students. When Andy watches "Big G" fearlessly confront the school bully about the incident, a series of events are triggered. Much to Andy's surprise, he learns that "Big G" is a brilliant, kind, tolerant human being, who as more dignity than anyone Andy has ever encountered. Big G personifies Mr. Simon's four word answer on how to obtain world peace: HUMAN DIGNITY + COMPASSION = PEACE.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
60% - Fresh
68% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: April 29th, 2011 (Limited) by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Video Release: March 18th, 2014 by Image Entertainment Video
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material throughout, language and some bullying.
(Rating bulletin 2143, 10/20/2010)
Running Time: 101 minutes
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Keywords: LGBT, Voiceover/Narration, Writing and Writers, Inspirational Teacher, Bullies, Coming of Age
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: WWE Studios
Production Countries: United States


   Mr. Simon
   Andy Nichol
Molly Parker    Sherri
Daniel Roebuck    Jim
Randy Orton    Ed Freel
Daniel Yelsky    Norman
   Stanley aka Big G
   Mary Clear
Amy Madigan    Principal Kelner

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Mike Pavone
Producer    Denise Chamian
Line Producer    Todd Lewis
Production Manager    Todd Lewis
Cinematographer    Kenneth Zunder
Production Designer    Raymond Pumilia
Costume Designer    Claire Breaux

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 18th, 2014

March 17th, 2014

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 16th, 2011

August 16th, 2011

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May 3rd, 2011

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Don't Let Limited Releases be Forgotten

April 29th, 2011

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/04/29 80 $6,400   10 $640   $6,400 3

Weekly Box Office Performance

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