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Finding Forrester
  • PG-13
  • 2h 16m
  • 2000
Certified Fresh74%
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Jamal Wallace (Robert Brown) is an inner-city kid from the Bronx who has an aptness at basketball and a genius at writing. While always a C student, Jamal comes to the attention of a prestigious New York prep school when he scores highly on his standardized tests. While Jamal is given a heavy load at his new school, both he and the school know that the real reason they took him on is for his prowess on the court. Befriended by fellow student Claire (Anna Paquin) and helped along by Pulitzer-prize winning author and recluse William Forrester (Sean Connery), Jamal pursues his dreams both on and off the court while overcoming obstacles placed by his bitter literature teacher. As Jamal is shaped by Forrester, he finds that he is changing the old writer as well, forcing him to confront his past...and his future.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh74%
Critics Consensus: Despite the predictability of its plot and its similarity to Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester has an honest, solid feel to it and good rapport between Connery and Brown.
Reviews
Detroit News
Susan Stark
Fresh

March 13, 2019
Time Out
Rotten

The leaden screenplay can be fingered for many of the film's faults. But what happened to the off-...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Liam Lacey
Rotten

An anti-intellectual film about the intellectual life.

March 13, 2019
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
Fresh

Funny and touching.

March 13, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Quality characters, solid film; OK for ages 14+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief strong language and sexual references and situations (Jamal's neighbors have loud sex on the other side of his bedroom wall). Forrester says that women will have sex with anyone who has written a book. Jamal and Claire take their relationship very slowly and show a lot of respect and concern for each other. Forrester drinks a good bit, and talks about a character who died in a drunk driving accident.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 19, 2000
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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