Someone must like this film...
...so I will start a thread for those who do.
I just watched this film today for the first time. I've never read the book, so I went into this with no preconceived notions and no idea what the story would be about.
And I quite enjoyed the film. I don't care that it was a low-budget production. That means nothing to me. What matters is if the story engages me and holds my interest. And "I Am The Cheese" did that very nicely.
I find mental/emotional trauma fascinating, so maybe that was part of the appeal. The "true" story concerning the adults didn't interest me very much, but I was very involved in Adam's lonely journey. I had great empathy with this troubled young man.
Like I said, I haven't read the book, but I can guess the ending, and can understand why fans of the book feel that the film's final scene was a cop out. If I remember correctly, the same significant change was made to the film adaptation of "The Chocolate War." I don't know much about Cormier, but based solely on these two stories, he seems to favor despair over hope. I must have hope, so I have no complaint against the ending of "I Am The Cheese."
~~"Oh shut up, you two. And listen, you're not to say nowt. You’re not to breathe it to our Aunt Dolly or she’ll be after telling me dad."~~