I Am Sam
We meet the mentally handicapped Sam Dawson (Sean Penn) in this moving drama. He is the father of Lucy (Dakota Fanning), and has raised her on his own, with some help from his odd friends. When Lucy turns seven, she starts to outgrow her father in terms of knowledge and intellectual capacity. Their close relationship now becomes threatened when a social worker wants to place Lucy in a foster home. Sam hires the lawyer Rita Harrison (Michelle Pfeiffer), a self-centered and ruthless career woman, to help him keep Lucy. Sean Penn was nominated for an Oscar for his role.