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Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 January 2001 (USA)
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A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

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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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Descubriendo a Forrester  »

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$43,000,000 (estimated)

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$701,207 (USA) (29 December 2000)

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$51,768,623 (USA) (13 April 2001)
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In addition to being based on J.D. Salinger, William Forrester is also heavily inspired by John Kennedy Toole. Toole wrote the book "A Confederacy of Dunces", a mysteriously autobiographical book, but when no one would publish it, he gassed himself to death in his car. Years later, the book was published and won the Pulitzer Prize. See more »

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Jamal's tie "moves" in two consecutive shots during his first day of class. See more »

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Forrester: What's your name?
Jamal: Jamal Wallace.
Forrester: Sounds like some kind of marmalade. How old are you?
Jamal: I'm sixteen.
Forrester: Sixteen? And you're black. It's remarkable.
Jamal: "Remarkable"? It's remarkable that I'm black? What does me being black have to do with anything?
Forrester: You don't know what to do right now, do you? If you say what you really want to, I may not read any more of this. But if you let me run you down with this racist bullshit... what does that make you?
Jamal: I'm not playing this game, man.
Forrester: I say you are playing it. An...
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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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Referenced in The Tracey Fragments (2007) See more »

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Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World
'Over The Rainbow' written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
'What A Wonderful World' written by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
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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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