I thought this was horrendously awful. This is just a horrible, nasty, mean, hate-filled movie. I did not laugh once. I did not even crack a smile. I also hate it because it's a family movie. Despite its good intentions, this movie could be messing up your kids. The pastor especially i think is really despicably unlikable. The stuff he says to this kid is not only bad, I personally think it would scar most kids. You're supposed to want this guy to accept Simon, and, at the end of the day, I really don't. I thought he was a horrible character. Overall, Simon Birch is an awful movie. Don't bother watching it.