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Review: I Am

The "new" Shadyac is still a Hollywood hack
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 31, 2011
1.5 1.5 Stars

Tom Shadyac found a perfect nest for his low-watt-lightbulb sensibility in today's Hollywood, where he helmed a series of blockbuster comedies that ranged in quality from the passably silly (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) to the unforgivably execrable (Patch Adams). Then came a fall from a bicycle, a deep depression from "post-concussion syndrome," and, finally, a seemingly remolded Shadyac who rejected his studio sinecure, his private jet, and his 17,000-square-foot estate. Unfortunately, the "new" Shadyac is just as goofy and featherweight as the old Hollywood hack. He's self-funded this vanity documentary in which he interviews poets, politicians, and scientists, all of whom somehow hold the same rosy view that humanity should be a sharing, feeling, communal-minded bunch led by the heart instead of the mind. Spoiler: Shadyac eventually discovers that the secret of life is Love.

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