A coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age…
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 6.9/10 (3,617 voted)
Critic's Score: 53/100
Stars: Ed Harris, Chase Ellison, Molly Parker
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 conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. 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 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. As the story unfolds, Mr. Simon finds himself the target of a malicious rumor after Principal Kelner (Amy Madigan) suspends a school bully for brutally beating up…
Mia Rose Frampton
Camille E. Bourgeois III
(as Camille Bourgeois)
Renwick D. Scott II
Karen 'Cootie' Connor
(as Dalton Zachary Mitchell)
I'm a Teacher. I'm a Singer. I'm a Writer.
World Wrestling Entertainment [United States] |
Release Date: 29 April 2011
Filming Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Box Office Details
(At 1:31:45) When Andy is headed to Mr. Simon's house, a white 90s Lincoln Town Car can been seen in the background.
Why would God do that, mom? Make someone look like Big G? So that everyone makes fun of him?
Maybe because God didn't see anything wrong with him in the first place. And Andy… His name is Stanley.
Great lesson and characters
I saw this movie at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It
was shown as their Centerpiece Film, a film airing only once and
marking the mid-way point in the Festival. It told a wonderful story
and highlighted a beautiful lesson in humanity. The characters were
great! I especially loved the dynamic of the parents of the main boy in
the film. They could not have been more opposite. The mother was a
compassionate, open-minded critical thinker. The father was a
traditional, stern man of the 1960's era. Ed Harris displayed
incredible patience and Amy Madigan's role as the school principle was
marvelous. Both of their roles really sucked you into the movie. I
really hope that someone recognizes the value of playing this movie in
schools and makes it happen.