Summary of I Am by Tom Shadyac
“As early as I can remember I simply wanted to know what was true,” he recalls, “and somehow I perceived at a very early age that what I was being taught was not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
A scientist does put sensors into a bowl of yogurt to illustrate how Shadyac’s own emotions can actually impact that yogurt sitting in front of him. When he merely mentions his lawyer, the meter swings madly into the negative, one of the funnier moments of a film that has more than a few. Docs have been coming down on humanity so hard in recent years -- from An Inconvenient Truth to the latest Oscar winner, Inside Job -- that it’s refreshing to bask in a bit of optimism coming from a nonfictional film. Indeed, what can be more optimistic than Shadyac filming himself back on his bicycle racing down the Malibu canyons? Of course, he is wearing a helmet.