Tap into your inner hippy roots, smoke a joint and bike or jog your way over to Tom Shadyac’s non-Hollywood experience, I Am – where you’ll watch one of the top paid and most success Hollywood director leave it all behind for a shot at true happiness. Sit back and lets take a little journey through I Am

The Players:

  • Director: Tom Shadyac
  • Producer: Dagan Handy
  • Film Editor: Jennifer Abbott

The Plot:

Director Tom Shadyac, the director of Ace Venture, Evan Almighty, Patches, The Nutty Professor and a number of other incredibly profitable comedies takes a little break from all his success to find the real meaning of Life. He takes some off to find himself speak with intellectuals and spiritual leaders about what’s wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it

The Good:

  • The Premise: With so many films being made for the sole purpose of money and so many people idolizing the glamor of Hollywood, it’s refreshing to see a film tackle both of those problems at once. This film was made from an insiders perspective, a man guilty of perpetuating the system who wants it to stop. It feels like a genuinely honest film about what it’s like to reach the top and find that there’s nothing it. It’s made about love, with love and for love. Oh yeah, this is one is made for hippies.
  • Reality: It’s nice to see such a well established director show us that in the real world he’s not a star. In fact most of the people he talks to have never seen a single one of his film. It’s also nice to be reminded that all that financial success and selling out doesn’t make you a better person or even a more well known amongst those who you respect. In fact it more than likely does the opposite. This film puts a little perspective into our view of the film world. No one is al powerful and no one should strive to be.

The Bad:

  • The Science: During some of the more scientific parts I found myself daydreaming like I was back in a high school science class. The yogurt experiment was just a little more avant-garde than I was really willing to go.
  • Self-Indulgent: Though I understand Tom’s message was one of love and caring, the film itself is a bit self-indulgent. Many of us would love the chance to have it all and turn it all away. Frankly many of us would love to be in the position of when he gives it all up and has a place in Malibu and is a bike ride away from work! The idea is great, but not everyone has that option.


Though a number of his points are relevant and he has a number of great, positive messages,  it’s questionable if this idea warrants an entire film and if anyone will be willing to go and experience it. It’s great to see one man’s journey through financial success and into real happiness — I’m just not sure if it’s a true cinematic experience and that it will reach anyone who doesn’t already feel the same way as him on the issues presented. It’s nice to be able to give money away but many of us are and will never be that lucky. I like the idea, don’t know how realistic it is, but it’s nice to see someone try!

Rating: 6/10