That's What I Am

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This article is about the film. For the song by Conchita Wurst, see That's What I Am (song).
That's What I Am
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Directed by Michael Pavone
Produced by Michael Pavone
Written by Michael Pavone
Starring Ed Harris
Chase Ellison
Amy Madigan
Narrated by Greg Kinnear (uncredited)
Music by James Raymond
Cinematography Kenneth Zunder
Edited by Marc Pollon
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release dates
  • April 29, 2011 (2011-04-29)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6,400 (domestic)[1]

That's What I Am is a 2011 comedy-drama film directed by Michael Pavone and starring Ed Harris and Chase Ellison.[2] It received a limited release on April 29, 2011, and was later released on DVD on July 15, 2011.


A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 13-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley, aka "Big G" (Alexander Walters), on a critical term project. Sporting thick orange hair, a head too big for his body and ears too big for his head, "Big G" has been the object of ridicule since grade school. Before long, Andy will learn that there was truly a method behind Mr. Simon's madness as to why he teamed these two up. As the story unfolds, Mr. Simon finds himself the target of a malicious rumor after Principal Kelner (Amy Madigan) suspends a school bully for brutally beating up a female classmate whom he thinks has "cooties" which cause Randy Orton to go the papers if he has to. When Andy watches "Big G" fearlessly confront the school bully, a series of events are triggered which change the lives of both young men - and their teacher - forever. Much to Andy's surprise, "Big G" is a brilliant, kind, tolerant and decent human being who has more dignity than anyone Andy has ever encountered.[3]



In its limited theatrical release of 10 theaters, the film grossed about $6,400 for three days.[4] The film holds a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]


  1. ^ "That's What I Am - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ Lowenstein, Lael (February 16, 2011). "That's What I Am". Variety. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
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