Finding Forrester (2000)

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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.


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 … 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
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as William Forrester

as Jamal Wallace

as Professor Robert Cra...

as Terrell

as Dr. Spence

as Ms. Joyce

as Coleridge

as Coach Garrick

as Bradley

as Sanderson

as Opposing Player

as Claire's Friend

as Librarian

as Student Speaker

as Student Manager

as Old Money Man

as Kid in the Hall

as Night Man

as Referee

as Hallway Boy

as Creston Player

as Big Band Leader

as Violinist

as Trumpet Player

as Trumpet Player

as Trombone Player

as Sax Player

as Sax Player

as Sax Player

as Piano Player

as Guitarist

as Drummer

as Mailor Priest

as Jeopardy Contestant

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
Suite101.com

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
TheMovieReport.com

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.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

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

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

½

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

Chiefilms
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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