As Cool as I Am (film)

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As Cool As I Am
As Cool As I Am Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Max Mayer
Produced by Anthony Mastromauro
Judd Payne
Matt Williams
Screenplay by Virginia Korus Spragg
Based on As Cool As I Am 
by Pete Fromm
Starring Claire Danes
Sarah Bolger
James Marsden
Jon Tenney
Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt
Edited by Tracey Wadmore-Smith
Distributed by IFC Films
Release dates
  • June 21, 2013 (2013-06-21)
Country United States
Language English

As Cool As I Am is an American comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Pete Fromm. Claire Danes, Sarah Bolger and James Marsden star as the Diamond family. The film is directed by Max Mayer, who also directed Adam. Filming on the adaptation began in New Mexico in May 2011.[1] The film was released in the United States on June 21, 2013 by IFC Films.


Lucy (Bolger) is a self-confessed tomboy who gets on well with her father (Marsden), but is frequently separated from him for months on end when he works in Canada. Her relationship with her mother (Danes) is easy-going provided she keeps the house tidy. Lucy is even allowed to drive her mother's car, even though she is too young to apply for a license.

When Lucy turns 16, she develops a type of friends-with-benefits relationship with her best friend, Kenny. She also ditches her tomboy image, embraces make-up, and grows out her hair. She starts to realize that her parents' marriage is not as solid as she had imagined. She realizes that her father's extended stays abroad are not typical of other fathers, and that her mother does not pine for her father as much as Lucy does. Her allegiance to her father is tested when she discovers that her mother is having an affair with a colleague.

When Kenny moves away, Lucy feels lonely and starts having sex as a distraction. She also begins to realize that there is more to her father's extended stays in Canada than she had previously imagined.[2]



  1. ^ "Production Starts On 'As Cool As I Am'". Deadline. May 12, 2011.
  2. ^ "'As Cool As I Am' by Pete Fromm". Bookslut. March 2004.

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