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Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Actors: Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
PG     1999     1hr 54min

A heartwarming and funny hit that's earned overwhelming critical acclaim, SIMON BIRCH features great performances from stars Ashley Judd (DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD, HIGH CRIMES, KISS THE GIRLS) and Oliver Plat...  more »


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Actors: Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Creators: Mark Steven Johnson, Billy Higgins, Howard Ellis, John Baldecchi, Laurence Mark, Roger Birnbaum, John Irving
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Jim Carrey, Drama, 10-12 Years, Adapted from Books, Family Films
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/18/1999
Original Release Date: 09/11/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 09/11/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. (Shar) from AVON PARK, FL
Reviewed on 5/27/2020...
One of those "feel good" kind of movies. Each part is perfectly played and adds value to the story. Made me laugh, made me cry, and made me aware. A great family vulgar words, no nudity.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ranitra C. (Glamourgirl) from LONG BEACH, CA
Reviewed on 6/2/2014...
I tend to visist my parents on a unregular basis, but when I do, my mom always has a severe dose of movies that I " must" see.

On one of my last visits, this was one of them.

Innitially, I had heard of this film, but never made the time to see it.

Now, I must say, when I saw the characters, I thought it would be the usual story that these sort of films tend to tell. Special person, or child, in this case, saves the day and is the heroine. This one was much more than that.

It was so beautiful and human. Such a wonderful portrayal of human emotions and how we take things for granted and what the outcome is, when we do. How true love gives and how hearts soften, what the scripture Phil 3:9 really means.

A treasure of a film to sit and watch especially with your children. What a blessing it would be, if we all had an opportunity to know and be-friend a Simon Birch.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Alexandra R. from N LITTLE ROCK, AR
Reviewed on 6/2/2014...
Amazingly good movie.
Sweet and funny
You will laugh all the way through.
It will just warm your heart.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Lil S. from DEXTER, ME
Reviewed on 1/14/2011...
Wonderful charming movie for the family. I rented this when it was out on VHS and my husband and I both throughly enjoyed it; I had to go out and buy the movie. As I am changing over to DVD's I have now added this to my permanent library collection. It truly is a movie that you will want to watch more then once and will want to loan and recommend to family and friends.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Watch the film. Read the book!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had to see Simon Birch from the moment I realized it was based on my favorite novel of all time: A Prayer For Owen Meany. I had an almost private screening - since I was only one of four to buy a ticket for the afternoon's matinee. I can't tell you in this small space how the story of Simon moved me. Simon's faith is pure and beautiful. It is encouraging, honest and inspiring. See the movie. Show it to the kids in your life. Help them (and yourself) to see the promise and purpose in their lives. If you are at all moved, and haven't already done so, read John Irving's A Prayer For Owen Meany. Of Course the novel couldn't be accurately portrayed on the screen, that's okay. I'm glad that no one attempted to put Owen on the screen. He's alive in the hearts and minds of those touched by the novel. Simon is now alive in my heart, too."
Touching and heartwarming!
Rebecca | Massachusetts, USA | 09/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved SIMON BIRCH. So far, I've seen it twice: once in the theaters, and once on video. Both times it gave me watery eyes at the end! I usually don't cry when watching movies. If the film is really sad, then I might just get watery eyes. That's the closet to crying that I get when watching movies.SIMON BIRCH is about two very different best friends growing up in the '60s. Joe Wenteworth (Joseph Mazzello) is your typical twelve-year-old boy in search for the identity of his father, a secret his young, beautiful mother, Rebecca Wenteworth (Ashley Judd) has been keeping from him ever since he was born. Simon Birch (Ian Michael Smith) is also twelve years old, but he's much shorter than most twelve-year-olds. In fact, he is a dwarf (or midgit) who had a heart defect when he was born. Simon's parents don't care about him at all, and so he usually spends most of his time with Joe's family. Everyone in town makes fun of Simon because of his short size and unique personality, always insisting that God has a plan for everyone and that he will one day become a hero, as God planned for him. Jim Carrey narrates the story as the adult Joe. His role surprised me a lot because Jim Carrey usually plays wacky, hilarious roles instead of serious ones. Rebecca also ends up bringing home a boyfriend, Ben (Oliver Pratt), who the young Joe dislikes but learns to like him in the end.SIMON BIRCH is just a really amazing, inspiring film. All the actors are at their best - each one deserves Oscars! The real star of the film is Joseph Mazzello, who has always been a favorite actor of mine. I'm waiting for him to make another movie. Hopefully he will, soon! Ian Michael Smith is perfect in his debut film role. Ashley Judd has never played her part so well, and Oliver Pratt is also amazing. Even Jim Carrey is really good! The storyline and script are solid and deliver a very powerful message. I just cannot describe how much I love this film. The scenery is breath-taking, too! I strongly recommend that you go and rent this film. Better yet, buy it! You will not be disappointed."
Inspiring movie
G. Regalado | 01/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My 11 year old saw this movie at school and wouldn't stop talking about it or asking for it. Since we couldn't find it at any store we amazoned it and there it was!!. Part of his Christmas present, he loves it. This movie is very inspiring and from what he says it makes him have hope in other people and what we can do to help others."