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Foster (2011)

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Looking to adopt a child and unable to conceive a child of their own, the Morrison's lives are turned upside down when a 7 year old boy unexpectedly shows up on their doorstep.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zooey
... Alec
... Eli
... Mr. Potts
... Diane
... Mrs. Lange
... Tom Jenkins
... Sarah
... Jim
... Samuel
Audrey Newman ... Audrey
Dan Mersh ... Bank Manager
... Jane
... John Burns
Haruka Kuroda ... Translator


Zooey and Alec Morrison are a married couple who are struggling to bridge the painful gap that is developing between them. Unable to conceive, the Morrisons await confirmation of a child to foster. One day, a seven years old boy who calls himself Eli appears on their doorstep quite mysteriously, explaining the foster agency has sent him. The boy is old beyond his years and it becomes apparent that he is the listening ear amongst the couple's marriage breakdown. Eli offers moral support and idealistic suggestions to his foster parents on how to repair and re-kindle their love for each other. The couple begin to rebuild their foundations at home, at work and emotionally until they find the love they once had for each other. But all may not be as it seems... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »


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5 November 2012 (UK)  »

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Angel in the House  »

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Being shown on UP Channel as "Angel in the House." See more »


Eli: "It's Chopin, the preludes, particularly melodic." (While playing, actually, Nocturne in F Major op. 15 n° 1.) See more »


Zooey: Hey, so I was thinking maybe we should go shopping and get you some new clothes so you don't have to dress up every day.
Eli: I don't dress up because I have to. A man should look his best at all times.
Zooey: Quite right. Just in case you want to dress more casually.
Eli: I appreciate the gesture.
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Spun-off from Foster (2005) See more »


Xmas Kiss
Performed by Mim Grey
Written by Phil Thornalley (as Thornalley)/Mim Grey (as Grey)/Corinne Josias (as Josias)
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
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26 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

In this day and age it is becoming increasingly difficult to find movies that I can show to my 99-year-old mother. If there is the least bit of profanity or gratuitous violence, she just won't watch any more! So it was wonderful to see "Foster" and I look forward to inviting Ma to come and see it.

What an amazing little actor is Maurice Cole! Unfortunately, there is almost nothing about him on IMDb - not even his birthdate and so I am still wondering if, as the plot says, he was actually just seven years old when Foster was shot. If he was, then he is amazing! His clear and accurate pronunciation of some quite long and technical words would, I should imagine, put him into the child prodigy category. The only reason we won't see a lot more of him is if his parents decide that that don't want him to fall into the many traps that seem to await child stars.

The story is lovely - just nice people doing nice things and attempting to cope with life's challenges and setbacks. The only reservation that I had about the whole movie was the selection of Toni Collette as Zooey. I would love to have seen Sandra Bullock in that role! And why did an Aussie actress have a sort of Scottish accent? Her mother didn't and the film wasn't set in Scotland (as far as I could tell), her husband had his own natural very slight Welsh accent so that was, to me, a distraction because, rather than give the story my whole attention, I found myself wondering about that.

Nevertheless, a delightful film that will please Ma and my grandchildren equally.

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