I am Sam: Lorey Sebastian; McCartney: basil Clunes/London Features
Tom Sinclair
December 10, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

I Am Sam

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
132 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/28/01
performer
Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laura Dern, Loretta Devine, Dakota Fanning, Doug Hutchison, Richard Schiff, Dianne Wiest
director
Jessie Nelson
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Kristine Johnson, Jessie Nelson
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

I Am Sam gets the High Concept award for making boomers smile while attracting the young ‘uns — wall-to-wall Beatles covers by the likes of the Wallflowers, the Black Crowes, Eddie Vedder, and others. Even if there are few radical reinterpretations (Chocolate Genius’ ”Julia” is a notable exception), these songs are like old friends. Particularly nifty are Paul Westerberg’s doleful ”Nowhere Man” and Grandaddy’s easy-rolling ”Revolution.” Best of all, you don’t even need to see the movie to enjoy it.

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