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New trailer for Ace Ventura director Tom Shadyac's documentary I Am is probably not what you're expecting

12.16.2010

If you know who Tom Shadyac is, then you probably know him best as the director of comedies like ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, LIAR LIAR, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, and EVAN ALMIGHTY. In fact, EVAN ALMIGHTY would mark the last time Shadyac would direct a major Hollywood tentpole movie. Why? Basically, the filmmaker bumped his head in a cycling accident, decided to leave Hollywood with newfound purpose in life, and now lives in a trailer park.

Though that may ironically sound like the plot to a Jim Carrey comedy, it's actually the real life prologue of Shadyac's new approach to living. His accident spurred him to reevaluate his life and how exactly he could better use that life (instead of making shitty comedies). The documentary I AM is the fruit of that learning and discovery.

I AM opens in select theaters sometime in February of next year.

Synopsis: I AM, a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what’s wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac’s first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” and “Bruce Almighty” to his credit. I AM recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man. Disillusioned with life on the A-list, he sold his house, moved to a mobile home community, and decided to start life anew.

Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a camera crew, Shadyac embarks upon a journey to discover how he as an individual, and we as a race, can improve the way we live. Appearing on-screen as character, commentator, guide, and even, at times, guinea pig, Shadyac meets with a variety of thinkers and doers–remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, and faith–including such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch. An irrepressible Everyman who asks many questions but offers no easy answers, he takes the audience to places it has never been before, and presents even familiar phenomena in completely new and different ways.


Extra Tidbit: I unabashedly love ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS. Too bad Shadyac didn't direct that one.
Source: JoBlo.com

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5:44AM on 12/16/2010
That looks like...utter shit. Does Elton John sing Circle of Life at any point during this film? I don't know...do really really need a film to tell us that what we do affects each other and that we need to do more good in the world? Is that idea really all that profound? Don't people already know this but CHOOSE to ignore it? Reminds me of Supersize Me...everybody (including me) stopped eating fast food for a week and then went straight back to McDonalds and Burger King right after.
That looks like...utter shit. Does Elton John sing Circle of Life at any point during this film? I don't know...do really really need a film to tell us that what we do affects each other and that we need to do more good in the world? Is that idea really all that profound? Don't people already know this but CHOOSE to ignore it? Reminds me of Supersize Me...everybody (including me) stopped eating fast food for a week and then went straight back to McDonalds and Burger King right after. Maybe I'm just tired of us trying to kid ourselves into thinking we are a wonderful species capable of taking care of ourselves and acheiving greatness. Or maybe I'm just being too cynical.
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11:00AM on 01/10/2012
If he's eating fast food, he's not too smart for anything.
If he's eating fast food, he's not too smart for anything.
11:24PM on 12/16/2010
Smalls is someone who thinks he is too smart for this documentary, I can tell from his smug response that he thinks hes smarter than everyone else even though hes pretty dumb.
Smalls is someone who thinks he is too smart for this documentary, I can tell from his smug response that he thinks hes smarter than everyone else even though hes pretty dumb.
10:00PM on 12/16/2010
I love replies by people who have clearly no understanding of the text they're replying to. Disagree with me if you will (as Lloyd did) but don't put words in my mouth. Read my post again, gameslave. Did I recommend not doing anything? Nope. I just pointed out the fact that we should all understand by now that the world is fucked up because people do bad shit. And that the solution is not that damn profound - do good shit. My cynicism lies in my doubt that a film by the director of Ace
I love replies by people who have clearly no understanding of the text they're replying to. Disagree with me if you will (as Lloyd did) but don't put words in my mouth. Read my post again, gameslave. Did I recommend not doing anything? Nope. I just pointed out the fact that we should all understand by now that the world is fucked up because people do bad shit. And that the solution is not that damn profound - do good shit. My cynicism lies in my doubt that a film by the director of Ace Ventura is really going to change the world. People do bad shit and will continue to do bad shit. Just don't be one of those people.
4:40PM on 12/16/2010
Maybe you just need to lighten the fuck up. So your plan is to not do anything at all because nothing will come of it?!
Maybe you just need to lighten the fuck up. So your plan is to not do anything at all because nothing will come of it?!
9:51AM on 12/16/2010
I'm gonna vote for the latter
I'm gonna vote for the latter
6:56AM on 12/16/2010

Hmmm....I question Shadyac's inspiration...

I think it was in fact that complete utter bombing of EVAN ALMIGHTY that opened his eyes to this journey.

That being said, I'm very interested and would like to see what he's discovered.
I think it was in fact that complete utter bombing of EVAN ALMIGHTY that opened his eyes to this journey.

That being said, I'm very interested and would like to see what he's discovered.
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3:00AM on 12/17/2010
This is a question Documentary filmmakers have been asking for years. People like Michael Moore, and Ben Stein. We just need to love people no matter if we agree with them or not. After all we are all God's children.
This is a question Documentary filmmakers have been asking for years. People like Michael Moore, and Ben Stein. We just need to love people no matter if we agree with them or not. After all we are all God's children.
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