Finding Forrester (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Finding Forrester (2000)



Critic 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.

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Movie Info

Four decades ago, William Forrester won a Pulitzer Prize for his classic novel. That was the last time the world heard of him. Now a recluse in Manhattan, his passion for literature is awakened by Jamal a 16-year old basketball player recruited by an elite Manhattan prep school for his brilliance both on and off the court. When Jamal sneaks into Forrester's apartment, he accidentally leaves behind his backpack, full of his precious writings. Finding these, Forrester is opened to a new world, one that gives him a reason to look past his prejudice and a reason to emerge from his self-imposed solitude. Forrester becomes his first fan and opens Jamal's eyes to a world of academia beyond the South Bronx apartment he shares with his adoring mother and brother. Though at times contentious, Forrester befriends Jamal and becomes his mentor. They spend many hours in Forrester's dusty apartment laughing, learning, debating and dedicating themselves to the love that binds them - the written word. Forrester convinces Jamal to enter the school's writing contest, but their friendship and loyalty is tested when Jamal must face an accusation of plagiarism - alone.more
Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language, some sexual reference)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Rich
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
Box Office: $51.4M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Sean Connery
as William Forrester
Rob Brown (VI)
as Jamal Wallace
F. Murray Abraham
as Professor Robert Cra...
Busta Rhymes
as Terrell
Michael Nouri
as Dr. Spence
April Grace
as Ms. Joyce
Michael Pitt
as Coleridge
Matthew Noah Word
as Coach Garrick
Matt Malloy
as Bradley
Matt Damon
as Sanderson
Capital Jay
as Opposing Player
Cassandra Kubinski
as Claire's Friend
Sophia Wu
as Librarian
Gerry Rosenthal
as Student Speaker
Tim "Fuzzy" Hall
as Student Manager
Tom Mullica
as Old Money Man
David Lee Madison
as Kid in the Hall
Joey Buttafuoco
as Night Man
Jamie McCaig
as Referee
Daniel Rodríguez
as Hallway Boy
Samuel Tyson
as Creston Player
Vince Giordano & the...
as Big Band Leader
Gregory Singer
as Violinist
Dean Pratt
as Trumpet Player
Kerry MacKillop
as Trumpet Player
Harvey Tibbs
as Trombone Player
Jack Stuckey
as Sax Player
Mark Lopeman
as Sax Player
Mark Phaneuf
as Sax Player
Conal Fowkes
as Piano Player
Matt Munisteri
as Guitarist
John Meyers
as Drummer
Ron Morgan
as Mailor Priest
Allison Folland
as Jeopardy Contestant
Alex Trebek
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Finding Forrester

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (34)

If director Gus Van Sant had always been a hack it wouldn't matter so much, but personally I find this form of licking the audience's cheeks like an obsequious puppy deeply offensive.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The leaden screenplay can be fingered for many of the film's faults. But what happened to the off-kilter film-maker last seen at work in To Die For?

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

predictable formula film that is quickly forgotten

Full Review… | July 22, 2012
Old School Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Lost in "Forrester's" dismissal is appreciation for its relatively piss-and-vinegar approach to the act of creating fiction. Jazzy, classicist and a bit meta, the film's unexpectedly urbane quirks resemble Jonathan Demme films at their mainstream best.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

Brown, in his acting debut, displays the balance of book smarts, street smarts, and vulnerability that is crucial to the part.

Full Review… | February 15, 2010

Audience Reviews for Finding Forrester

Continuing his late 90s/early 2000s run in the mainstream, Gus Van Sant delivered this story about the bond formed between two different, yet challenged writers.

One is a young man from the inner city with an untapped gift for writing that is overshadowed by his athleticism, while the other is an older, bitter recluse who found early success, only to basically immediately fall into obscurity. They have an uneasy non-romantic meet-cute that eventually leads them to becoming friends, with each being the spark the other needs to satisfy their need to create.

I honestly don't remember much about this movie, but I remember it being at least sit-throughable, despite its reputation for being cheesy. It's a nice heartwarming story that makes you feel good, so really, what's wrong with that? Okay, so I know that something like that isn't an immediate reason to give something a pass, but hey, I'm feeling like a softie, so back off.

It's not really one of Van Sant's best, at least in the grand scheme of things, but it's okay enough I suppose, and it's decently well made as far as these types of stories go, so sure, give it a watch.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


partially inspired by salinger, connery's performance was wonderful and the screenplay was stellar. this is the film that put me on to writing.

danny d

Super Reviewer


A bit slow and dreary, still filled with life and literary shenanigans! You're the man now dog (Scottish accent).

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Finding Forrester Quotes

William Forrester: The Times is dinner, The National Enquirer is dessert.
– Submitted by Betty G (3 years ago)
William Forrester: You're the man now, dog!
– Submitted by Moe J (4 years ago)
William Forrester: We walk away from our dreams afraid that we may fail, or worse yet, afeaid we may succeed.
– Submitted by Nusfish K (4 years ago)
William Forrester: The key to a woman's heart is an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.
– Submitted by Nusfish K (4 years ago)

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