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FINDING FORRESTER

 
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At Theaters: 1/12/2001 On Video: 4/24/2001
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 18 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 249906
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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After the novelist discovers that the young athlete is also an excellent writer and secretly takes him on as his protégé, they develop an unlikely friendship. As they learn more about each other, they learn more about themselves, and ultimately, with the help of his new mentor, the basketball star must choose the right path between following his writing dreams or his hoop dreams.
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Drama - This warm-hearted and uplifting drama is appropriate for the whole family despite some rough language.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Sean Connery ENTRAPMENT, PLAYING BY HEART, THE AVENGERS
Rob Brown Acting Debut
F. Murray Abraham SCAREFACE
Michael Nouri FLASHDANCE
Anna Paquin ALMOST FAMOUS, A WALK ON THE MOON
Director: Gus Van Sant PSYCHO, GOOD WILL HUNTING
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Fairly frequent use of mild to strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Some sex talk.
VIOLENCE: Some roughhousing.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: An occasional comic line or situation.
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With next year's Oscar nominations set squarely in its sights, Finding Forrester arrives in theaters at the right time of the year (December) with the right kind of star power (Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin) and the sort of feel-good story that audiences and Academy members appreciate. At the core of Finding Forrester is a familiar "buddy story" - about how a brilliant, outcast youngster simultaneously learns from and teaches life lessons to a weary old-timer. For the most part, Van Sant and his actors hit the right notes throughout Finding Forrester. The movie doesn't make any deep or profound statements, but its unhurried exploration of the interaction between the two leads is worth spending a couple hours in a movie theater.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 187 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
3
High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
11
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
20
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
28
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
40
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
68
High
98%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

WOW, Extremely high opinions from nearly all 187 moviegoers polled! This is one NOT TO MISS! Some comments were that it was slow and long, but I noticed these were made mostly by younger viewers. There were LOTS of positive comments about the great story and how it was very positive and inspiring.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND FINDING FORRESTER!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE

He was a vibrant personality who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel four decades ago. And that's the last the world heard of William Forrester.

That is until Jamal Wallace, a brash 16-year-old with writing aspirations of his own, cracks the veneer of Forrester's sheltered existence and re-ignites the dreams of this literary legend in the winter of his life.

Known as the neighborhood recluse, silver-haired Forrester (Oscar®-winner Sean Connery) is a man whose mystery and eccentricity border on the mythical. When Jamal (newcomer Rob Brown)— a talented African-American scholar-athlete who is recruited by an elite Manhattan prep school for his brilliance on and off the basketball court— sneaks into his apartment and accidentally leaves behind his backpack full of writings, they both get something unexpected in return. Compelled to look past skin color and suppositions, Jamal encounters not only his first fan, but a mentor who will challenge and change him forever, and Forrester has his first reason in years to emerge from his self-imposed solitude.

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