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AS COOL AS I AM is a coming of age story about a smart, young girl caught in small town America. Dreaming of a bigger life, Lucy (Sarah Bolger) is subjected to her parents' Lainee (Claire Danes) and Chuck (James Marsden) disintegrating marriage. Finding it tough to navigate her own relationships, Lucy not only confides in, but relies on best-friend, Kenny (Thomas Mann), for emotional and physical support. Ultimately, she finds hope and her dreams are within reach. (c) IFC

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This coming-of-age drama might trade in familiar narrative developments, but its characterization is rather nuanced."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"It is as if chunks of the film had landed on the editing-room floor in a desperate, last-minute attempt to trim its length. Just when its parts should come together, "As Cool as I Am" crumbles to bits."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The film is the cinematic equivalent of a teenager, making everything more melodramatic than it needs to be, and impatient with the subtle details of life."
‑ Tina Hassannia, Slant Magazine
"Simplistic plotting, pedestrian visuals and poorly-handled melodrama do lend the project a cheap, made-for-TV feel, which is underscored by the fact that Danes and Marsden don't seem obliged to turn in their best work."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Mayer doesn't find a way to make the ritual traumas of adolescence feel new again."
‑ Sam Adams, Time Out New York
"Oh no: Claire Danes as the mom? Already? What's next, Chelsea Clinton for president?"
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The familiarity of the narrative - the movie does, after all, include such coming-of-age touchstones as first love and irresponsible parents - grows more and more problematic as time progresses..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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