I have been meaning to watch this for a while and caught it on tv tonight. I thought Sean Penn's portrayal of a man with a learning disability was astounding and beleivable, although not altogether accurate at times, this i would say is down to dramatic license for the film, as he at times had a very good grasp of complex issues which i don't think was totally realistic hence my four stars. However this shouldn't detract from what i thought was the most interesting and powerful message of the film, that no one with a learning disability should be assumed to be less able or patronised. The scene in the film which i think highlighted this for me was when he wanted to buy his lawyer lunch not because he wanted to be! an adult but because he was! an adult. I hope that this message comes loud and strong for everyone who views the film, i shall buy it to watch again, to laugh and cry and to help educate my boys! A must see film.