In the title role is 11-year-old , who is afflicted with Morquio's syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes dwarfism. Twelve-year-old dwarf Simon Birch thinks he will be used as a hero by God and befriends 12-year-old Joe, who seeks to find his biological father. Simon Birch Ian Michael Smith and Joe Wenteworth Joseph Mazzello are boys who have a reputation for being oddballs. The film does not share the book's title at Irving's request; he did not believe that his novel could successfully be made into a film. After his parents read through the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany they agreed to let him work on the film. Past and present collide as two couples explore love over the course of one night at a hotel.
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. I had avoided this one in the theaters last Fall because of the theme. A lot of that had to do with how likable some of the characters are. Simon, meanwhile, is an 11-year-old dwarf whose outsize personality belies his small stature. Every year, it seems that one movie shows a greater insight into God, faith, Christ, and the human condition than all others.
From that mement, the destinies of the two boys become linked as both try to find the one thing they are missing. It evoked the late 1950's and early 1960's very well. Together, Joe and Simon go on a journey of trust and friendship to find the answers to many things. The movie then jumps ahead to 1964, 12 years later. Joe goes on a quest to find his biological father and learns what it takes to earn the title of Dad. He seems to know his way around small towns and broad emotions. The ruling clan is in discord.
The film stars , , , and. The two boys get everyone out of the bus, but Simon nearly drowns. Its black borders were painted white for the film. The entire cast was stellar, especially the young boys who played Simon and Joe. There's a bus accident where children are in peril, and a main character dies saving everyone. Their friendship is put to the test when some unfortunate events happen. An accidental death at the hands of Simon leads Joe on a search of his biological father.
The guilt for the accidental death of the brother has fallen on the Grand Duke. Simon and Joe occupy a world of their own, swimming and boating and slipping invisibly around town. Simon's dwarfism doesn't prevent him from going everywhere and doing everything, and even taking his turn at bat in a Little League game; when he finally does gets a hit, there are tragic consequences. Together, they try to find out who Joe's father is. Joe never knew his father, and his mother, Rebecca Ashley Judd , is keeping her lips sealed, no matter how much he protests.
The story begins when Joe Wenteworth visits the grave of his childhood friend Simon Birch, whose stone is marked 1952-64. I was touched, and I was also happy and uplifted. Joe never knew his father, and his mother, Rebecca Ashley Judd , is keeping her lips sealed, no matter how much he protests. By surrounding the boys with very nice people the Ashley Judd and Oliver Platt characters and not so nice people the minister, the teacher , Johnson creates a film so direct and engaging that cynicism wilts in its sunny spirit. The movie takes place in 1964, in a New Hampshire town that obviously had Grandma Moses as its city planner. This is an excellent film that depicts the power of friendship and forgiveness, embracing diversity, and discovering true parental love. It's about a friendship between two boys, one a gawky pre-adolescent named Joe, the other a dwarf named Simon who believes God has chosen him for a mission in life.
His best friend, Joe Wenteworth Joseph Mazzello , was born out of wedlock, and the boys bond over being outcasts in the community. During his service, Richard loses nearly all of his hearing. Now, due to his condition, Simon thinks God made him this way for a reason and highly believes in God. One night she runs into a sexually agressive ex-colleague who insists on hailing a taxi to take her home to his place. Writer-director Mark Steven Johnson has just those hands: He's taken John Irving's beloved and deeply religious novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and turned it into a nicely played but wholly unadventurous. Their friendship is put to the test when some unfortunate events happen. Another positive element the movie explores is the nature of family and fathers.
Shown in competition at the 1998 Montreal Film Festival. Realising that the situation is far from consensual, Tiger speeds off with Margarete, leaving her companion standing in the street. Later, the lives of the two 12-year-olds receive a cruel twist, and the two then become more curious to learn the secret of Joe's father. So Owen became Simon Birch -- which then required a title change. Together, Joe and Simon go on a journey of trust and friendship to find the answers to many things.