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Finding Forrester Reviews

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August 7, 2017
This is an outstanding school and arts/writing mentorship film. Connery is awesome and Rob Brown holds his own as a new talent. This film is so real. You cannot see the work.
June 14, 2017
This movie starts out promising in the first thirty minutes, but begins to collapse in self-admiration after an hour or so. The character of Jamal, main protagonist in this film, is sullen throughout and is a one-note character. Anna Paquin's character is thrown in for no other reason but to provide a possible love dynamic between her and Jamal (Rob Brown). Throughout the entire course of the film I had no idea what Jamal's affinity for literature was about or where it stemmed from, and Forrester (Sean Connery) only gives him tidbits of advice which don't serve the overall purpose of their relationship.
It's as if the film wanted to stay on a one-note vehicle of making the audience feel sorry for Jamal and all the obstacles he has to overcome in terms of prejudices but there's not much fight in him; I didn't see him caring that much about literature or...anything. The film shows us a victim who is upset but gives no insightful answers on how to deal with institutional prejudices. And the administration with F. Murray Abraham as part of it is cartoonish as well with their over the top "snooty professor" antics. The film also doesn't ask important questions or explore really heady themes of class, race, status, etc. which could've been explored.
On a positive note, the cinematography looks good, and the direction by Van Zant runs smoothly,but a re-working of the script would've sufficed.
January 3, 2017
I'm a writer so I am partially biased. The movie is interesting despite its melodrama and even if it doesn't technically dive into the art of writing it gives you an appreciation of it.
November 30, 2016
A long time wait has proven to be amazing
November 18, 2016
Despite a very conventional, formulaic structure, FF did such a great job of it I didn't mind. That may put some folks off a bit, but there are good reasons behind convention and formula! Rob Brown proves acting is not rocket science (he auditioned for a $300 extra role and Van Zant loved him so much he gave him the lead), and his fresh innocence works well with the old pro Connery. In my inspirational top 10 even if it is a bit sappy. The best movie about being a writer that I've seen. If it seems slow, you are missing it!
½ September 20, 2016
A fairly good film, which, while on well-trodden ground, has a good script and good chemistry between the two leads.
September 16, 2016
Great Movie
Saw It In 9th Grade And had fun
July 23, 2016
Finding Forrester is a better-than-average Good Will Hunting clone.
May 30, 2016
I am a person who enjoys watching movies as well as reading and writing. I loved this movie and I wouldn't mind watching it again. It's the type of movie that you probably wouldn't get bored of. Some people say that it is plain and boring, but I think it has enough unexpectedness as to keep the audience interested. It bears a resemblance to Gus van Sant's previous movie Good Will Hunting, although Finding Forrester is more towards literature whereas Good Will Hunting is mainly about Mathematics. The similarities of the two movies do not take away from the fact that Finding Forrester is a deep movie with an incredible plot. The movie is very thought-provoking and it's not sappy nor depressing. At the same time, it isn't a feel good movie either.

A reclusive author whose only book won a Pulitzer Prize becomes the mentor of an underprivileged yet extremely talented sixteen year-old, starring Sean Connery and Rob Brown. Jamal Wallace is a star basketball player and unbeknownst to his friends, has a talent for writing. The need to fit in with his friends is derived from playing ball. A prep school offers Jamal a scholarship due to his high test scores and their need to win the basketball championship.

Although it is shown that Forrester is Jamal's mentor, Forrester learns things from Jamal as well, such as not being afraid of leaving his house and also that friendship is more than just being there.

The acting is wonderful, especially from Sean Connery, playing the title character, and from Rob Brown, as Jamal. Even the minor characters in the film, such as Jamal's older brother, played by Busta Rhyme and Jamal's friends. Anna Paquin is great for her role as Claire, a rich girl from the prep school that Jamal transfers to. The only disappointment was the character played by F. Murray Abraham. Although he acted well, there was a complete lack of character development, and the teacher-that-gives-the-brilliant-student-a-hard-time stereotype is hard to ignore. Despite this one shortcoming, this is one of the best movies and is high up there on the recommendation list.
½ May 19, 2016
A not bad, but tepid shadow of "Good Will Hunting."
May 13, 2016
You're the man now, dog!
½ May 1, 2016
A little cliche, but pretty entertaining mentor drama. Gus Van Sant follows closely to his Good Will Hunting formula here.
October 6, 2015
Familiar but alrightee.
September 11, 2015
This is one of my favorite movies - I own it and have watched it multiple times. It has all the right things - a great story of talent and triumph, a dastardly villian you love to hate and ....Sean Connery's accent. I highly recommend!
Super Reviewer
½ August 22, 2015
Gus Van Sant's compelling drama that centers on the friendship of a Bronx high school student named Jamal Wallace, marvelously played by Rob Brown, in an impressive screen debut, who meets a strange neighborhood resident, a famous reclusive novelist William Forrester, played magnificently by Sir Sean Connery, in a career-crowning performance, who has been hiding from the world since his first burst of fame. Forrester becomes young Wallace's mentor and the path that their unorthodox relationship creates for greater self-discovery, Forrester rediscovers his will to live when Wallace happens to step into his life, while Wallace is able to learn that he's more than just a basketball player with Forrester's help. Basketball is secondary to Finding Forrester's overall goal, which instead chooses to focus on the value of friends in unlikely places. Astute direction by Van Sant, with a superb supporting performance by F. Murray Abraham as a jealous professor. A wonderful adult drama.
June 10, 2015
Good solid little movie,nice but not noteworthy.
½ June 3, 2015
Will make you read and probably write. Worth finally seeing this.
May 2, 2015
While it has been years since I last watched this. It has always been there as a great film from memory. Watching it again now has not taken any of that away. It still stirs up some great emotions, which cement it as a film that has stood the test of time. Far from outdated. Even a young matt Damon in there for a cameo 3 mins. Great film
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