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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 Morrisons' lives are turned upside down when a seven-year-old boy unexpectedly shows up on their doorstep.


Jonathan Newman


Jonathan Newman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Collette ... Zooey
Ioan Gruffudd ... Alec
Maurice Cole ... Eli
Richard E. Grant ... Mr Potts
Anne Reid ... Diane
Hayley Mills ... Mrs Lange
Barry Jackson ... Tom Jenkins
Daisy Beaumont ... Sarah
Tim Beckmann ... Jim
Bobby Smalldridge ... Samuel
Audrey Newman Audrey Newman ... Audrey
Dan Mersh Dan Mersh ... Bank Manager
Jo Wyatt ... Jane
Jeremy Child ... John Burns
Haruka Kuroda ... Translator


Zooey (Toni Collette) and Alec Morrison (Ioan Gruffudd) 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-year-old boy, who calls himself Eli (Maurice Cole), 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.

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A heart-warming tale of love, family and relationships. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The line "Up from the ashes... come the roses of success", and the character name Mr. Potts (who sung those lines) are from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). See more »


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


Zooey: You can't just order a taxi and leave school whenever you want!
Eli: Well how do you expect me to get around? Have you been on a London bus recently? A taxi is really the quickest and most efficient way.
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References Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) See more »


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Written by Jim Studer
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26 March 2013 | by rawiri42See 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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