Simon and Joe are best friends, bound by broken families and their misfit status: Simon is a dwarf, and Joe is illegitimate. But the boys face a devastating blow as Simon searches for a destiny bigger than his body and Joe hunts for his father.
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- Mark Johnson
PGLanguage, emotional thematic elements, and an accident scene
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
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.
- Sexual Content
- Repeated discussion of Simon's best friend being born out of wedlock. Also, there are mentions of an adolescent girl's breasts and a scene where Simon grabs them, although the audience doesn't see the actual touch.
- Sad accidental death of one character from being hit by a baseball. A bus accident where children are in peril, and a main character dies saving everyone.
- Profanity including "s--t" and "bastard."
- Social Behavior
- Kids and adults belittle the lead character's dwarfism. The town pastor even says "Simon Birch is not a normal person." However, Simon sacrifices himself and ends up becoming a hero and saving the lives of many, showing that character matters more than size. Good messages about forgiveness, too.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Simon's father, the religion teacher, and the pastor all smoke.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it