Michelle Pfeiffer plays his lawyer, who takes the case pro-bono. She has her own unique personal problems, and as the movie proceeds, you will clearly see that she needs someone like Sam in her life to help with her own problems. With his innocent wisdom, he shows her what love is really all about. The relationship between Pfeiffer and Penn also is brilliantly portrayed; they have their ups and downs, both as attorney/client and as a progressing friendship is forming.
I will not spoil the rest of the movie for you; just know it ends better than what I had anticipated (thank God, my gut was hurting from all the crying), and this movie is truly the BEST drama I have ever seen.
The acting was absolutely superb; you can feel every emotion in every second of this film. The story line and writing could not have been better, with a mixture of wisdom, humor, spirit, devastation, hurt, and most of all, LOVE. I saw no flaws in this film whatsoever; it was true to reality and a roller coaster of emotions.
No matter what kind of movie you prefer to watch, this is a definite must-see for everyone.
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Sam Dawson (Sean Penn), a man with a developmental disability, lives in Los Angeles, works at Starbucks, and is the sole guardian of his six-year-old daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning), after her mother abandoned them. Despite his limitations, Sam is well-adjusted and has a supportive group of friends with developmental disabilities, as well as a kind, agoraphobic neighbor Annie (Dianne Wiest) who takes care of Lucy when Sam cannot. Though Sam provides a loving and caring environment for precocious Lucy, she soon surpasses his mental ability. Other children tease her for having a "retard" as a father, and she becomes too embarrassed to accept that she is more intellectually advanced than Sam. In preparation for a custody case, a social worker turns up at Lucy's birthday party and takes her away, allowing Sam two supervised visits per week.
On the advice of his friends, Sam approaches a high-powered lawyer, Rita Harrison (Michelle Pfeiffer), whose brusque manner, fast-paced schedule and difficult personal life have earned her a reputation as cold and unfeeling. In an attempt to prove to others that she isn't heartless, Rita surprisingly agrees to take on Sam's case for free (pro bono). As they work together to secure Sam's parental rights, Sam unwittingly helps Rita with her family problems, including encouraging her to leave her philandering husband and repairing her fractious relationship with her son.
During the trial period, Lucy is ...