Simon Birch


(out of 5)

Sweet adolescent tearjerker about a young boy () growing up with a warm hearted single mother (a perfectly cast ) and an iron-willed grandmother ().  He befriends an unusually small boy () and experiences all sorts of crazy adventures with him. Loosely inspired by John Irving’s novel A Prayer For Owen Meany, the film has a very rich feel in every frame that is good to the last drop, and the committed performances (even the cameo by  as a grownup Mazzello) all contribute effectively. has his best role to date as a wisecracking suitor to Judd, but it is Smith’s wise and constantly perceptive Simon that makes its mark.

Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures

USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

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