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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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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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£381,822 (UK) (23 February 2001)

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ESP 283,653,614 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Matt Damon:  star of Gus Van Sant's earlier film Good Will Hunting (1997) appears as a lawyer. See more »

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At one point, William Forrester chides Jamal about "The single most important criteria" of writing. Given how precise his character is about language, it is unlikely that he would use the plural (criteria) instead of the singular (criterion) - (although after leading with the tautological cliché, "the single most important", perhaps linguistic clumsiness is only to be expected). See more »

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Forrester: *Punch* the keys, for God's sake!
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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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