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Simon Birch

Simon Birch is a beautiful new film that will be enjoyed by people of all ages.  Suggested by the John Irving novel entitled A Prayer for Owen Meany, the story focuses on the remarkable friendship between two 12 year-old boys Simon and Joe.  Each child's life holds a special challenge.  For Joe it is a wish to know the identity of his father.  For Simon, it is a wish to uncover his destiny.  Recorded in the history of Gravehill Memorial Hospital as the smallest baby ever, Simon's mere survival was proclaimed a "miracle" by his doctors.  Despite little parental attention or support, Simon maintains a strong belief that God created him for a unique purpose and he is anxious to discover it.

John Irving gave his blessing to this film project despite the fact that Mark Steven Johnson's screenplay does not strictly adhere to the author's original work.  His approval isn't surprising. Although the film focuses on just one year in the life of Simon and Joe, it is a pivotal period which first-time director Johnson captured with poignant artistry.  Ian Michael Smith and Joseph Mazzello turn in exceptional performances as Simon and Joe, respectively.  Ashley Judd and Oliver Platt are simply wonderful in their supporting roles.

 
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