This weekend, if you’re in the mood for a good tearjerker, see Simon Birch. An endearing story about the bond between two 12-year-old boys named Joe and Simon. Drawn together through personal hardship, (Joe never knew his father and Simon was born with dwarfism) each boy is determined to help the other rise above their pain. Although Simon is only about three feet tall and has a difficult time walking, the boys camp together, swim together and play baseball together. (His strike zone for pitchers must only be about 2 inches.) Simon adores Joe’s mother Rebecca, played by Ashley Judd, and he spends as much time as possible at Joe’s house. Why didn’t any of my friends’ mothers look like her? Throughout the movie Simon helps Joe search for the identity of Joe’s father, and Joe helps Simon discover Gods plan for his life. Although Simon is small, he always seems to attract big trouble. This is especially evident during a Christmas play when Simon is playing the baby Jesus lying in a manger. When Mary, played by the cutest looking 12-year-old girl in the class, bends over to look into the manger, Simon grabs her by the chest. He may be small but he has large hormones. As this wonderful story ends, Joe stumbles upon the identity of his father, and Simon learns Gods plan for his life. This movie offers a wonderful plot, humor, sadness, and is a true eye-opener. That is – for everyone except me. I encourage you to see this movie and I give it an A rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.