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Finding Forrester (2000)

 -  Drama  -  12 January 2001 (USA)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

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Storyline

Because of scoring exceptionally high on a statewide standardized exam and being an exceptionally good basketball player Jamal Wallace is sent to a prestigious prep school in Manhattan. He soon befriends the reclusive writer, William Forrester. The friendship leads William to overcome his reclusiveness and for Jamal to overcome the racial prejudices and pursue his true dream - writing. Written by the chan man

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In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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$43,000,000 (estimated)

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£381,822 (UK) (23 February 2001)

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ESP 283,653,614 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The famous line from the film, "You're the man now, Dog!", served as the inspiration for the popular internet site YTMND. See more »

Goofs

In the basketball state championship, the opposing team scores, and then Mailer calls a time out. During the time out, the coach says "if we get a stop here, they'll have to put us on the line", yet Mailer should have had possession, thereby not necessitating a "stop". See more »

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Jamal: Opens the letter
Forrester: Dear Jamal, Someone I once knew wrote that we walk away from our dreams afraid that we may fail or worse yet, afraid we may succeed. You need to know that while I knew so very early that you would realize your dreams, I never imagined I would once again realize my own. Seasons change young man, and while I may have waited until the winter of my life, to see the things I've seen this past year, there is no doubt I would have waited too long, had it not been for you.
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Jamal and friends play basketball through the end credits from the window of Forrester's apartment. See more »

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Well-written and acted movie.
19 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a nice movie. Great plot, nice character development, and moments of brilliance. To be sure the story of a prodigy and brilliant but sometimes reluctant mentor has been told before, but this story is a unique and interesting take on the subject. Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) is a writing prodigy. His journey makes for riveting stuff.

Strengths of this movie? I love the depth to Jamal's character - he portrays the inner conflict the character feels without over-acting or unnecessary melodrama. The relationship with Forrester (Sean Connery) is a thing of beauty, in large part because Connery is (as usual) wonderful.

Downsides? Well, not any major ones in my opinion. You can nitpick almost any movie to death, but this movie is solid.

In the end, its strengths are great, its weaknesses are minimal, and the memorable touches here and there (moments of beauty between Forrester and Jamal, Busta Rhymes as Jamal's brother, and some beautiful quotes) make this a winner!


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