In a small 1960s New England town, abnormally small but wise-beyond-his-years Simon Birch is certain God has a special purpose in life for him. His friendship with another "outcast," a fatherless boy named Joe, and how the relationship affects their lives, is movingly depicted in this drama based on John Irving's novel "A Prayer for Owen Meaney." Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, and Jim Carrey as the adult Joe star. 114 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital Surround; theatrical trailer.