I Am Sam location: Starbucks, Weyburn Avenue, Westwood Village, Los Angeles

I Am Sam location: Sam Dawson works in the coffee shop: Starbucks, Weyburn Avenue, Westwood Village, Los Angeles

Despite learning difficulties, Sam Dawson (Sean Penn) fights for custody of his seven-year-old daughter. I wonder if the slick, pricy lawyer fighting the case for him (Michelle Pfeiffer) will learn warm, fuzzy life lessons? The film raises serious issues, and Penn turns in a committed performance, but it slips to easily into feelgood cosiness.

I Am Sam location: Starbucks, Weyburn Avenue, Westwood Village, Los Angeles

I Am Sam location: Sam Dawson works in the coffee shop: Starbucks, Weyburn Avenue, Westwood Village, Los Angeles

The coffee shop in which Sam works is Starbucks, 10955 Weyburn Avenue in Westwood Village, alongside the campus of UCLA.

I Am Sam location: California Avenue, Santa Monica

I Am Sam location: Sam’s ‘downtown’ apartment: California Avenue, Santa Monica

Sam’s apartment (which appears to be Downtown, courtesy of a digital skyline) is Wonder Palms, 5000 California Avenue, between 5th and 6th Streets in Santa Monica.




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