Finding Forrester Reviews
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.
Saw It In 9th Grade And had fun
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.