"Please Stop Laughing at Me"
Directed By: Mike Nichols
Adapted Screenplay By: Sophia Coppola
Produced By: Jodee Blanco (Author of Novel) and Robert Zemeckis
Emmy Rossum as Teenage Jodee Blanco
Sandra Bullock as Adult Jodee Blanco
Abigail Breslin as Young Jodee Blanco
Sean Penn as Mr. Blanco
Annette Benning as Mrs. Blanco
Kevin Spacey as Dr. Graff
Various Students Played By:
Tagline: "The struggle to fit in, can cause some to struggle with their sanity"
Synopsis: Adapted from the tragic, yet moving novel, Please Stop Laughing At Me chronicles the life of Jodee Blanco. Jodee is a girl who always marched to the beat of her own drum. She befriended so-called "losers" and spent a lot of time with her family. However, as Jodee grew older, her behavior became less and less acceptable to her peers. The other students, especially in high school, teased Jodee constantly. Things were thrown at her, and her clothes were stolen in the locker room. This torture cause Mr. and Mrs. Blanco to seek psychological help for Jodee. Still, nothing seemed to work or heal the young woman's pain. Jodee looked for an out, eventually questioning the possibility of bringing a weapon to school. The story is told from the adult perspective of Jodee, herself, as she prepares to attend her high school reunion.
What the press would say:
In an age of violence and school-shootings, Please Stop Laughing At Me is a much-needed wake up call. The young cast shines in remarkable performances. Most notably Emmy Rossum and Abigail Breslin, who share the role of Jodee. Sandra Bullock proves, as she did in Crash, that she can handle dramatic material. Sean Penn and Annette Benning play the role of concerned parents perfectly. Mike Nichols' direction is top-notch because he truly cares about the characters. Jodee Blanco produced her life story, and succeeded in making it interesting, frightening, and touching.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Sophia Coppola
Best Director: Mike Nichols
Best Actress: Emmy Rossum
Best Supporting Actress: Sandra Bullock
Best Supporting Actress: Abigail Breslin
Best Supporting Actor: Sean Penn