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Movie Details

Studio: Platinum Disc
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 06/03/2003
Release Year: 2003
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

An Absolute Gem
D. A Wend | Buffalo Grove, IL USA | 11/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My wife and I happened to see Samantha purely by chance while on vacation and both of us were instantly charmed by the film. The story involves Samantha (nice played by Martha Plimpton) who discovers on her 21st birthday that she was left on the doorstep of her adopted parent's home. In fact, she was not formally adopted and her birth certificate was "arranged" by the family priest. Samantha shuts herself in her room, setting up an elaborate weight device that will set off an old prop gun, and decides to begin a search for her real parents, however remote the chance may be. What makes this a fun movie is that Samantha's character is a bit off the edge. As a child she performs some bizarre stunts, such as believing that she can fly and escape from a trunk at the bottom of a pool like Houdini. She has a character that will not take no for an answer.

Into the mix is Henry (played by Dermot Mulroney) who is Samantha's next-door neighbor and best friend. An interesting aspect of the film for me is that Samantha has a natural gift for playing the violin (Henry plays the cello) and part of the plot concerns Samantha's giving up a potential career as a concert violinist because she does not know who she is. There is some interesting music in the film, most notably Dvorak's American Quartet that is well played and adds an interesting dimension to the film. Hector Elizondo and Mary Kay Place play the Stiggs, Samantha's parents, beautifully. This is one of those films where the casting is perfect. This is a charming comedy that says a lot about growing up and finding yourself and the zany antics of Samantha make it an unforgettable experience.
Really enjoyable
thedrunkenfairy | 07/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Like the other reviewer, I don't know why this wasn't/isn't more popular. It is entertaining and the characters are drawn quite well. The first half was very funny and the second half more poignant. I have watched it many times, it is one of maybe 5 movies I actually own. If you need a laugh without crass, check it out."
Cookiedulce | 02/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I dont know why this movie isnt popular. It Is so funny to watch Samantha Stiggs try to find herself in life. Especially when she finds out she had been illegally adopted.
She goes through comical adventure after comical adventure trying to find out who she is and who her parents are.
If you enjoy funny but w/o crassness you will like this movie."