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Finding Forrester

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Gus Van Sant

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About the Movie

Jamal Wallace (Robert Brown) is an inner-city kid from the Bronx who has an aptness at basketball and a genius at writing. While always a C student, Jamal comes to the attention of a prestigious New York prep school when he scores highly on his standardized tests. While Jamal is given a heavy load at his new school, both he and the school know that the real reason they took him on is for his prowess on the court. Befriended by fellow student Claire (Anna Paquin) and helped along by Pulitzer-prize winning author and recluse William Forrester (Sean Connery), Jamal pursues his dreams both on and off the court while overcoming obstacles placed by his bitter literature teacher. As Jamal is shaped by Forrester, he finds that he is changing the old writer as well, forcing him to confront his past...and his future.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 125
  • Fresh: 92
  • Rotten: 33
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: When the movie conveys the light in a student's eyes, and those of his teacher, at the moment when knowledge has been shared, it's a story that can never be told often enough. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Funny and touching. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: A conventional stew of overblown, bogus emotion and rigged catharsis. – Laura Miller,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A rare find. – Paul Clinton (,, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One of my top favorite movies

This is simply a great movie to have in your personal collection. I highly recommend it and you'll see great performances from everyone involved. Download and enjoy.

A Spell-binding movie for all ages.

A Great movie from a Great director. A movie of coming of age and the unknown future that lies ahead. Love the performances by all the cast. Highly recommand it, TWO THUMBS UP.

Finding Forrester

For a transitory enchanted two hours sixteen minutes and twenty five seconds man must have held his breath in the presence of this film, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for cinematic wonder.

And so William Forrester beat on, typewriters against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Finding Forrester
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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