The Riddle of You

Tom Shadyac, director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and a bunch of other Hollywood megahits, got a little introspective after a 2007 cycling accident that almost left him permanently incapacitated. When he finally recovered, he became unsatisfied even with his highly satisfactory life. He dumped much of his fortune and moved to a trailer park. And though he eventually went back to doing what he does best — making movies — his latest project is unlike anything else he has done. I Am, a documentary of Shadyac’s personal journey, asks what’s wrong with our world and what we can do to make it better. He is the writer, director, and star here, but he poses the questions to some of the planet’s great thinkers, including David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch. And if you haven’t the foggiest idea who any of those people are, you definitely need to watch this flick. Take some time to reflect on your life and the future of the planet, but in a fun way, with a screening of I Amat the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts Saturday. It’s free, so no excuses.
Fri., Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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