“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.
It’s a film by Tom Shadyac whom people know as basically the director behind Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty. He basically is doing a documentary to talk about what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated and he thought he was never going to recover. He basically goes and interviews various people, asking “why are we here” and “how can we make the world a better place?”. And while the science here may be a little iffy, there are some very provocative thoughts and feelings. And you’ll leave the theatre smiling. He interviews a whole bunch of people, including his own dad and some well known figures including Noam Chomsky, which most people know about, and a lot of people that no one has ever heard about, including me. But the whole deal is to look and see what the nature of human beings is. You know, I actually liked this. Three and a half stars.