I am Sam – Essay
The movie “I am Sam” is about a retarded man that had a baby with a homeless woman. She had a baby girl. The woman left Sam all alone to care for the baby girl. Little did he know that seven years from then he would be fighting to keep custody of his little girl, Lucy. In my opinion I believe that Sam should have custody of Lucy. He really loves and cares for her. Sam tries to give her everything that he possible could. He even surprised her with a birthday party, which is where this whole mass started.
At Lucy’s seventh birthday party, friends from school are invited and several mock Sam and Lucy. Seeing Lucy hurt and angry, Sam takes out his anger in a negative way upon the child. The child’s parents’ are already uncomfortable with Sam, and target him as unfit father. Lucy is removed from Sam’s home and placed in court protection while the custody issue is resolved. The judge said that he could not support her the way that she needed to be supported with the job he had now. Sam quit his job and lost control until his lawyer, Rita, helped him out by saying that his family isn’t so bad compared to hers. He then got the courage up and got a better job, a better apartment, and an answering machine. Lucy then found out that Sam lived just a few blocks down the street. She sneaked out every night to go to Sam’s house to visit. Sam then ended up taking her back.
It’s a gloomy, rainy day when I see the young girl sitting at the bus terminal in a yellow rain slicker. She sits alone, soaking wet. My seventeen year old daughter elbows me leaning her head in the direction of the young girl who is obviously very pregnant and whispers, “Mom, how pregnant do you think she is? ” which she immediately follows with, “Man, she’s young! ” I take a closer look at the ...
When Lucy’s foster family saw this happening they saw the special bond that Sam and Lucy had, they now feel that Lucy belonged with Sam. They saw the true love between them, and that Sam was trying to give Lucy a better life. Sam did not allow his incapabilities to stop him from caring for Lucy. With the support of his friends and neighbors, Sam raised Lucy by himself .His neighbor,Annie , would always assist him in catering to Lucy’s needs. The constant struggle of both father and daughter were evident throughout the movie . Regardless of his condition Sam worked hard and was determined to get his daughter back . He battled out with normal people in court , justifying his reasons that he can take care of his daughter.
In my opinion, Sam is a good father because he kept Lucy safe, and he provided for all her needs. He laughed and played and read to her. When both Lucy and Sam said “All you need is love”, they were right. Yes, it may have become more difficult for Sam to take care of Lucy as she got older, but I think Lucy would have been there to take care of him. Sam was a very big part of Lucy and without him, she would have grown up to be a much different person. And, most importantly, Lucy wanted to be with him. I believe that in all custody cases, the decision should be solely up to the child, because a child knows what they need. Even at a fairly young age, I think they could decide for themselves who they would be in better care with. Sam loved Lucy very much and he did everything he possibly could for her, which I think really showed a lot. Maybe he wasn’t fully capable of taking care of Lucy, but he was willing to do everything in his power to do his best.
This story proves that a mentally challenged man can do anything a normal person can do, even raise a child. Sam cares and loves Lucy very much and no one should separate them. In my opinion that is all that matters in a “perfect” world Sam is really trying to make more money to give Lucy a better life and support her better. This shows true heart and that Sam is devoted to Lucy.