Simon Birch


Simon Birch Review

One scarcely knows where to begin to elucidate the tragic story of Simon Birch, but suffice it to say that Simon is a 12-year-old dwarf imbued with an astonishing sense of morality and heroism that affects everyone around him. The Triumph of the Kid has never been more overwrought, and Simon Birch just takes movies like Radio Flyer, The Mighty, and Unstrung Heroes and ratchets them out to the hilt. Pithy and over-emotional, watch little Simon (Ian Michael Smith) wreck the school play, try to play baseball, ogle girls' chests, and save the entire student body from drowning in an icy river. Then go vomit. Jim Carrey makes a (poor) cameo. Also note that the film is based on author John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Irving also wrote the book responsible for that ungodly piece of junk The Cider House Rules.

Facts and Figures

Run time: 114 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th September 1998

Box Office Worldwide: $18.3M

Budget: $20M

Distributed by: Buena Vista

Production compaines: Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures

Reviews 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 18

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Adult Joe Wenteworth, as Rebecca Wenteworth, as Simon Birch, as Joe Wenteworth, as Ben Goodrich