Box art for Finding Forrester

Finding Forrester

drama, sports


From Academy Award® -nominated director Gus Van Sant and starring Academy Award® -winning actor Sean Connery, comes a drama about a unique relationship between an eccentric, reclusive novelist and a young, amazingly gifted scholar-athlete.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    73%
  • Audience Score
    79%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

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

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief strong language and sexual references and situations (Jamal's neighbors have loud sex on the other side of his bedroom wall). Forrester says that women will have sex with anyone who has written a book. Jamal and Claire take their relationship very slowly and show a lot of respect and concern for each other. Forrester drinks a good bit, and talks about a character who died in a drunk driving accident.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Jamal and Forrester hide their talents. How does the fact that both have lost family members provide an important connection for them? Why is it important for us to find people who can teach us? Why was Crawford so angry, and do you agree with Forrester's comment about "bitterly disappointed teachers?" What prejudices are revealed by the characters? Do you agree that "people are most afraid of what they don't understand?" Family members can also talk about Forrester's advice that the first draft is written with the heart, the second with the head, and might want to try his technique for getting started on writing.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    73%
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  • Audience

    79%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: For all of Gus Van Sant's narrative weavings, for all of his grabs towards emotions and reactions, it amounts to little; a belated film with belated functions.

- Luke Buckmaster, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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

- Chiefilms, Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2 stars

What the fuck is this shit, dawg?

- DragonEyeMorrison, Sunday, November 22, 2009

3 stars

8th grade. dont remember. Sean Connery can act the pants off a virgin. Gus Van Sant still needs a biography, flixster.

- LoughnerWasLucid, Wednesday, August 5, 2009