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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.

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PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
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.

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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

2 stars

Boring... I didn't watch the whole movie and I don't have any intention to continue watch it.

- citawijaya, Sunday, November 23, 2008

2 stars

Mentor movies strike me as rather dull, frankly. Good Will Hunting made it work - this did not. Though it's been five years since I've seen this movie, nothing in it has stuck with me - it may seem like a long stretch of time, but there are many films that have left far more of an impact that I'd seen just as long ago. To be brief, this offers very little originality.

- ceWEBrity, Monday, February 5, 2007

3 stars

As a writer I enjoyed this movie. The main actors worked well together and the story was interesting.

- superclerk25, Monday, February 26, 2007