Simon Birch

By: Christopher Breheim - Mr. DuBe' - Hour 4 - October 2015

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Movie Overview

Even though "Simon Birch" is the smallest kid in town, deep down he knows that he was born to do something big! He's on a constant search to discover his destiny, but somehow manages to find nothing but trouble! Meanwhile, Simon's loyal best friend Joe is searching for the identity of his father, a secret his beautiful mother, Mrs. Wenteworth has guarded Joe's entire life.

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Possible Theme

Throughout the film, the little kids listen to Simon because of the way he looks. Because they listen to him, he was able to save all of the children on the bus at the end of the movie. Simon says, "Did you see how the children listened to me because of the way I looked?" (Simon Birch). God made him the way he was so that he could eventually save the children on the bus, whereas, if he had looked normal, the children would have ignored him like Joe. From this, I have concluded that a theme for Simon Birch is that God helps us through adversity

Why can't Reverend Russell tell Simon that God has a plan for him?

I believe Reverend could not tell Simon that God has a plan for him because he does not officially know why God made Simon the way he was. Yes, he is a priest, but he was taught that God made everyone and everything good. He saw Simon, and thought he was not "good" since Simon was not "normal". When Simon asked Reverend if God had a plan for him, he was not sure what to say.