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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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5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Ms. Joyce
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John Coleridge
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Dr. Spence
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Prof. Matthews
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Massie, Forrester's Delivery Man
Lil' Zane ...
Damon (as Zane Copeland Jr.)
Stephanie Berry ...
Janice Wallace
Fly Williams III ...
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Kenzo
Damion Lee ...
Clay
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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. 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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12 January 2001 (USA)  »

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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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$51,804,714 (USA)
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Trivia

When Jamal checks out the data on Forrester with the school's computer, the facts he discovers are Sean Connery's real-life data. 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 »

Quotes

Forrester: I have an homeland that I have not seen for too long.
Jamal: Oh, you mean Ireland?
Forrester: Scotland, for God's sakes!
Jamal: I'm messing with you, man.
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Crazy Credits

Jamal and friends play basketball through the end credits from the window of Forrester's apartment. See more »

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Referenced in Game k n b?: Episode dated 28 November 2006 (2006) See more »

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AIN'T THAT GOOD NEWS
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arranged by William I. Dawson
Performed by Dewitt Clinton High School Chorus
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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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