Simon Birch

Simon Birch
Simon Birch
  • PG
  • 1h 54m
  • 1998
Rotten44%
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A heartwarming and funny hit that's earned overwhelming critical acclaim, Simon Birch features great performances from stars Ashley Judd and Oliver Platt in an outstanding cast! Even though Simon Birch is the smallest kid in town, deep down he knows that he was born to do something big! He's on a constant search to discover his destiny, but somehow manages to find nothing but trouble! Meanwhile, Simon's loyal best friend Joe is searching for the identity of his father, a secret his beautiful mother (Jude) has guarded Joe's entire life. As these two share the hilarious... and sometimes tragic.. .ups and downs that will forever bind them together, discover for yourself the undeniable charms of this uplifting and inspirational motion picture!

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Critics Consensus: Overly mushy; tries too hard to pull at the heart-strings.
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Tearjerker is touching but too intense for younger kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the lead character, Simon Birch, is a dwarf who is the subject of continuous intolerance and ridicule by adults, children, and the local religious leader. The film depicts the 12-year-old boy as a child who is wise beyond his years and believes that God has made him small for a higher purpose. Simon’s best friend, Joe, was born out of wedlock and is also an outcast in the community. Language includes words like “s--t” and “bastard,” and there are references to an adolescent girl’s breasts. An accidental death at the hands of Simon leads Joe on a search of his biological father. There's a bus accident where children are in peril, and a main character dies saving everyone. The movie is based on John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, and fans of the book should know that the movie is very different.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 11, 1998
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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