Tom Shadyac had it all and was living the dream. Or at least that is what people in Hollywood told him. He was a hugely successful movie director with a string of comedy hits. He had earned himself millions of dollars and had an A-list lifestyle with all the trappings of excess.
Then, in 2007, an already disillusioned Shadyac had a bike accident and became gripped by a profoundly non-showbiz desire: to give his wealth away. Several years later, he has swapped his luxury jetsetting for economy class and his 17,000-square ft mansion in Los Angeles for a trailer park in Malibu.
I AM is the story of a successful Hollywood director, Tom Shadyac (LIAR LIAR, NUTTY PROFESSOR, BRUCE ALMIGHTY), who experienced a life threatening head injury, and his ensuing journey to try and answer two very basic questions:
What s wrong with our world? and What can we do about it?
With a film crew of four, Tom visits some of today’s great minds, including authors, poets, teachers, religious leaders, and scientists (Howard Zinn, Lynn McTaggart, Desmond Tutu, Thom Harmann, Coleman Barks) searching for the fundamental endemic problem that causes all of the other problems, while simultaneously reflecting on this own life choices of excess, greed and eventual healing.
“We started by asking what’s wrong with the world, and ended up discovering what’s right with it.” Tom Shadyac
MY THOUGHTS: I loved this movie and have viewed it several times. Not only is it such an inspiring story, but it hit home with me in such a powerful way, and at the perfect time. Here is a guy who had it all by the world’s standards, was living the dream, yet wasn’t happy. They say when the student is ready, the teacher appears. This movie showed up in my life shortly after I came across this quote from Leonardo DaVinci…”simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.
That quote hit me like a ton of bricks and ever since, I’ve been on a quest to simplify my life and remove as much stuff as possible from my life. In other words…to get rid of as many of the things that money can buy, the stuff, so it’s easier to focus on those things money can’t buy. I’m a work in progress with a long way to go, but this movie certainly got me thinking and focused down the right path. I think you’ll enjoy it as well. It will definitely change the way you think and make you question everything you are doing now. Very thought provoking.