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Jamal wallas is a 16-year-old basketball star with a secret passion for writing. William forrester is a famous reclusive novelist who is angry at the world. After an unexpected meeting forrester becomes jamals unlikely mentor and both men learn lessons from each other about the importance of friendship Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 01/22/2008 Starring: Sean Connery Anna Paquin Run time: 136 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Gus Van Sant

Finding Forrester could have been a shallow variant of The Karate Kid, congratulating itself for featuring a 16-year-old black kid from the South Bronx who's a brilliant scholar-athlete. Instead, director Gus Van Sant plays it matter-of-fact and totally real, casting a nonactor (Rob Brown) as Jamal, a basketball player and gifted student whose writing talent is nurtured by a famously reclusive author. William Forrester (Sean Connery) became a literary icon four decades earlier with a Pulitzer-winning novel, then disappeared (like J.D. Salinger) into his dark, book-filled apartment, agoraphobic and withdrawn from publishing, but as passionate as ever about writing. On a dare, Jamal sneaks into Forrester's musty sanctuary, and what might have been a condescending clich¨¦--homeboy rescued by wiser white mentor--turns into an inspiring meeting of minds, with mutual respect and intelligence erasing boundaries of culture and generation.

Comparisons to Van Sant's Good Will Hunting are inevitable, but Finding Forrester is more honest and less prone to touchy-feely sentiment, as in the way Jamal and a private-school classmate (Anna Paquin) develop a mutual attraction that remains almost entirely unspoken. The film takes a conventional turn when Jamal must defend his integrity (with Forrester's help) in a writing contest judged by a skeptical teacher (F. Murray Abraham), but this ethical subplot is a credible catalyst for Forrester's most dramatic display of friendship. It's one of many fine moments for Connery and Brown (a screen natural), in a memorable film that transcends issues of race to embrace the joy of learning. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • A Writer's Nirvana
    As a published novelist, I was immediately drawn into this story. In FINDING FORRESTER I could identify with the two central characters' passion for writing, for telling a story, conveying a fresh point of view, recharging creative batteries. This beautiful film was like a taste of sweet nectar.

    The story is more than compelling. Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) is an inner city teenager living in the Bronx with a declared passion for basketball--a secret passion for writing. He makes mediocre grades in school so as not to call attention to his phenomenal writing ability. A boyish prank suddenly thrusts him into the life of William Forrester (Sean Connery), a disgruntled, bitter, reclusive author living in a shabby third-floor apartment. Forrester has published but one novel, half a century ago, a Pulitzer Prize winner. He recognizes Jamal's talent, becomes his mentor. The dialogue between the two characters as they discuss writing is powerful, mesmerizing. As the story unfolds, Jamal proves to be as much of a mentor for William Forrester as the aging author is to his teenage friend. The ending is tender, bittersweet.

    F. Murray Abraham is excellent as the snooty Professor Robert Crawford, the film's psuedo-intellectual antagonist, and director Gus Von Sant gives us a story more entertaining than "Good Will Hunting." FINDING FORRESTER is highly recommended....more info

  • Not Much To Find Here
    Probably Gus Van Sant`s more mainstream (and uninspired??) movie, "Finding Forrester" presents a couple of intriguing moments and ideas yet the result is typical and too close to cliched territory. A coming-of-age story combined with an essay about the writing process, this average melodrama starts well enough but loses its steam halfway through. There`s nothing new here, and some of the plot resembles aspects of the previous (and better) Van Sant`s picture, "Good Will Hunting". Sure, the acting is very convincing and the direction shows some brilliance at parts, but the pacing is too uneven and drags in many moments. "Finding Forrester" is also too PC and "pretty", delivering another awe-inspiring Hollywood piece of fluff that doesn`t dare to challenge the viewer (and Van Sant is usually a challenging director). Overall, this cinematic experience is not a complete disaster but doesn`t manage to impress either, offering a so-so story that has been done before and with better results.

    Good at parts, a somewhat interesting failure as a whole....more info

  • One of Connery's Best Performances
    Jamal Wallace (Robert Brown [in his screen debut]), a high school student living in the Bronx, does all of the right things. He goes to school, he plays basketball and he hides his intelligence. In an effort to be accepted by his friends and colleagues, he receives straight Cs and most of his teachers recognize that he is capable of more. After receiving very high scores on the Statewide standardized exams, his teachers urge him to accept a scholarship at a private school in Manhattan. He goes to check it out and meets Claire (Anna Paquin), his guide for the day. The school is very interested in having him join the basketball team, to help them make it to the championship. Jamal finds that he might be challenged here and decides to attend. Jamal has also just met an old recluse living in the top floor of an old brownstone near his basketball court. The recluse (Sean Connery), a local legend as a scary being, reads some of Jamal's writing and encourages him to write more. They meet daily in the old man's apartment and he stirs Jamal's creative juices, getting him to further enhance his already considerable writing skill. Jamal soon learns that the old man is William Forrester, a J.D. Salinger-esque novelist who wrote one widely acclaimed novel (think "Catcher In The Rye") and then disappeared from public view.

    I have always enjoyed the work of Sean Connery. His screen presence has always been magnetic and he has used that to great advantage in most of his films. He earned fame and riches from playing icons, creating a character that will probably forever be credited to him. He has been unable to shake that character even though the last time he played the character was over fifteen years ago. Connery has created some incredible performances through the years. He played an aging Robin Hood against an aging Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn) in a very good film that many people have never heard of. He played a great thief in a film called "The Anderson Tapes". He played a great con man that would become "The Man Who Would Be King". He played an aging mentor in "The Untouchables" adding a lot of class and earning an Academy Award for his portrayal. He has played a lot of memorable roles that challenged his acting skills. He has also appeared in films like "Meteor", "Just Cause" and "First Knight". Truly terrible films that only served to mar his work. However, he has never played a character like William Forrester. We have all seen characters like this in a number of films. A recluse, a famous person, a bombastic person. Yet Connery brings a quality to the role that is very unique. Often, actors use this type of role to chew the scenery and run around screaming and yelling. This only serves to undermine the character. If the character is an old man or woman where are they getting all of this energy. Connery plays the character old. He does raise his voice, but to make a point. He does impart his wisdom, but his wisdom makes sense. I actually believed that he was a writer, listening to the advice he gives his young protege. It is an incredibly rich performance that should know become the standard for which Sean Connery is judged. James who?

    Rob Brown brings a lot to the role and manages to hold his own against Connery. This is no small feat. A lot of this can be credited to his naturalistic performance. Brown has obviously lived through events that are very similar to those depicted on the screen and he channels his own emotions to that of the character. One of the many good things about the film is that Jamal and Forrester seem to teach and learn from each other, enriching each other's lives.

    Gus Van Sant returns to territory that is very similar to "Good Will Hunting", but he creates a different mood and feel, helping to set "Finding Forrester" apart from the other film. The film opens with a shot of a marker with Van Sant's name on it followed by some documentary style footage of kids in the neighborhood. This immediately heightens our awareness of the neighborhood and the people who live there. It is actually a great touch, bringing the audience into this world very quickly and effectively. The film is then told in a fairly conventional style as Van Sant concentrates on the characters and the story. The film moves at a leisurely pace; it takes about four meetings between Jamal and Forrester before they actually start working together. This allows us to get to know these characters in what seems a natural way.

    Van Sant and the writer, Mike Rich, another first timer, focus on a lot of details which make the film seem very rich. Jamal's mom, Ms. Joyce (April Grace), is a very good mother who encourages her son and provides a good home. His brother, Terrel (Busta Rhymes), encourages Jamal to take chances, to avoid making the same mistakes he made. He had dreams of being a rapper but is now the supervisor of parking services at Yankee Stadium. He hasn't achieved his dreams, but he doesn't let this make him bitter. Jamal's friends are also a very close bunch. Forrester is a recluse, yet he insults the few people who are required to visit him on a regular basis. These details may seem insignificant, but they help create a richly textured film.

    F. Murray Abraham plays the English professor at Jamal's new school and he is very effective. His snobbishness affects his every exchange with people. They are either less intelligent or undeserving of such an education. Anna Paquin plays a young girl who becomes closer to Jamal. Her performance is very good because she seems more attracted to Jamal for the dangerous aspect of an interracial relationship. At times, she seems to wonder if she is actually attracted to Jamal or the color of his skin.

    I found one thing odd. In a film about writing, we hear almost none of either writer's work. We hear a couple of lines here and there, but it is difficult to take that in in such a brief period of time. I would have liked to hear more of the writing in the final competition, to get more of a sense of the authors work. Instead, Van Sant shows us reaction shots of the various students, set to music, which I didn't feel was very effective.

    "Finding Forrester" is one of the best films of the year. Connery is great, the direction and writing are rich and subtle and the film is very enjoyable.
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  • A great movie for teachers of writing
    I teach creative writing in highschool. I like to start the class each semester with this movie. It's so real. It shows how opening up and making yourself vulnerable makes you work better....more info
  • Connery's Character is RALPH ELLISON
    Sean Connery's character is based on Ralph Ellison; the famous African American novelist that produced only a single Masterpiece (Invisible Man). The book "Ralph Ellison's Collected Works" has an essay that was first published in the Atlantic Monthly back in 1970; it's called In-Divisible Man. The essay begins with a scene that is eerily similar to a scene from Finding Forrester. I recommend anyone that loves this movie get a copy Ralph's Collected Essays and check it out. Like Ellison's Masterpiece--Invisible Man--the themes explored in Finding Forrester are, above all else, universal; you could replace any character with another character of any race or gender and it would still work. It would have worked if the entire cast was white or black or green. This was a very well written and expertly realized film. Also: These connections with Ralph Ellison are a wonderful topic for a high school literature class to tackle....more info
  • Sometimes You Can't Find the Forrester for the Trees
    Finding Forrester (2000)

    Sean Connery is William Forrester, a brilliant novelist who published one book and then stopped publishing. Newcomer Rob Brown is Jamal Wallace. He is a black kid, or man of 16 years, living in the Bronx. He lives for basketball, but is a voracious reader, and he writes in journals. He keeps them in his backpack. He thinks he is a basketball player, but he was born to be a writer.

    On a dare, he is supposed to sneak into some old man's apartment, and steal something. He roams the house and takes a knife. He's about to leave when startled, he leaves his backpack behind. When he later recovers it, the writings in his journals have been red penciled. So begins an unlikely friendship. Or perhaps more of a student to teacher relationship.

    Meanwhile, when he excels on his test scores, he is offered a scholarship at the top prep school. It doesn't hurt that he is good at basketball, either. F. Murray Abraham is Prof. Robert Crawford. He is a bitter failed writer himself. He doubts that a basketball player from the Bronx can write so well, and he accuses him of plagerism.

    To further complicate things, Anna Paquin is Claire Spence, the daughter of a prominent faculty member. There is a lot of chemistry, biology, and physics, going on between them, if you solve my equation.

    Busta Rhymes is Terrell Wallace, Jamal's brother, who dreams of rap glory, but works in a parking lot. He is keeping it real.

    Sean Connery as Forrester is fabulous, always giving sage advice at unexpected times. Like this:

    Forrester: The key to a woman's heart is an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.

    Besides advice, the best thing Forrester does is encourage Jamal to write. He is like an athletic coach in his approach:

    Forrester: Punch the keys, for God's sake!

    I read somewhere that writing is the hardest thing to show in a movie, because it's not very dramatic to look at people typing. This movie breaks that rule, and gets away with it. It is the best type of typing scene since David Bowie danced on a giant typewriter in Absolute Beginners. And Forrester still with the pearls of wisdom teeth flowing:

    Forrester: No thinking - that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is... to write, not to think!

    There is a bit on Saturday Night Live with Will Ferrell as Alex Trebec, suffering through Celebrity Jeopardy, where the questions are dumbed down to the point that actors, not squirmy and obsessive fact nerds, can get them. Sean Connery is always depicted as a total bufoon. It was a recurring bit, and it always featured a parody of Sean Connery, who was always the most severly stupid contestant of a slew of Celebrity Jeopardy numbskulls. There is a scene where Forrester and Jamal are watching Jeopardy:

    Jamal: I'll take poor assumptions for $800, Alex.

    Such sweet, sweet, irony.

    Sean Connery gave a stellar performance. Wise, sage, but also an agoraphobic curmudgeon subject to the frailties of the flesh.

    Rob Brown more than kept pace with the seasoned pros. He was believable and authentic as a kid from the Bronx, on the basketball court, but he was just as believable in the classroom, as a literary enfante terrible.

    F. Murray Abraham was most excellent in his portrayal of Jamal's nemesis, Prof. Robert Crawford. Bitter and disappointed about his failure of a novel, he is jealous of Jamal's talent, and accuses him of plagarism. He is like Mozart's Saleri, a man of lesser talent who yearns to bring the angel Gabriel down. A man consumed with envy. I last saw him in Might Apphrodite, a Woody Allen film, and he was good there, too.

    Anna Paquin turns in her usual fantastic job as Claire Spence. There is an unspoken romance and unmistakable attraction, but nothing is ever acted on. Somehow, all the more tantalizing, but also a loose end that should have, could have, been sewn up.

    The music was fantastic as well. Lots of first rate Miles Davis music compliments Finding Forrester. It's a generous sampling of Davis's early 1970s work with side helpings of Ornette Coleman and guitarist Bill Frisell. With the help of Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Tony Williams, Miles Davis molded his second "classic" quintet into a earthshaking concoction of fonk and ruck far beyond the confines of the farthest reaches of fusion. Both "Recollections" and "Lonely Fire" are from Miles' Bitches Brew sessions and offer an atmospheric cocoon of cathedral ambience. This combined with Davis's polyrhythmic funk--"Black Satin" from On the Corner--Ornette Coleman's alto sax--and Bill Frisell & Co's artful guitar noodlings make for a pleasant soundtrack indeed.

    SONG LIST OF THE SOUNDTRACK

    1. Recollections - Miles Davis
    2. Little Church - Miles Davis
    3. Black Satin - Miles Davis
    4. Under A Golden Sky - Bill Frisell
    5. Happy House - Ornette Coleman
    6. Over The Rainbow (Photo Book) - Bill Frisell
    7. Lonely Fire (Excerpt) - Miles Davis
    8. Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World - Israel "Iz" Kamakwiwo'ole
    9. Vonetta - Miles Davis
    10. Coffaro's Theme - Bill Frisell/Ron Miles/Curtis Fowlkes/Eyvind Kang
    11. Foreigner In A Free Land - Ornette Coleman
    12. Beautiful - Bill Frisell/Hank Roberts/Kermit Driscoll/Joey Baron
    13. In A Silent Way (DJ Cam Remix) - Miles Davis

    Finally, congratulations to the director, Mr. PutTogetherMan, Gus Van Sant. In some ways it is like Good Will Hunting, which Gus also directed, with a story of a young genius finding his mentor. Gus Van Sant did a great job at putting it all together, and he also got great performances out of his actors. He seems to have a great feel for the Bronx, even if he never lived there himself. He shows remarkable empathy for all the people, and structures his drama masterfully--and no hidden agendas. Well done, my good fellow.


    TEN FILMS OF SEAN CONNERY, SEVEN OF THEM AS JAMES BOND

    The Name of the Rose (1986) .... William of Baskerville
    Never Say Never Again (1983) .... James Bond
    Zardoz (1974) .... Zed
    Diamonds Are Forever (1971) .... James Bond
    You Only Live Twice (1967) .... James Bond
    Thunderball (1965) .... James Bond
    Goldfinger (1964) .... James Bond
    From Russia With Love (1963) .... James Bond
    Dr. No (1962) .... James Bond
    Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) .... Michael McBride

    Jamal: Women will sleep with you if you write a book?
    Forrester: Women will sleep with you if you write a bad book. ...more info
  • interesting movies
    This is an excellent movie especially for teenagers it shows them not to give up and also that you can acomplish all...more info
  • A Classic
    In the twilight of his career, Sean Connery proved he still had it all and gave it all in this awesome tale. While many people will not immediately connect with the characters, it is a story that can grab you when you least expect and truly open your eyes to so many of the truths that are overlooked in our society today.
    Connery plays a writer turned recluse named William Forester, who is a real author, and he lives in New York City. He remains in the home of his youth, despite the fact that over time it has changed from a middle class white neighborhood into a overall low income area in which the Black families that live in the area are struggling just to get by.
    He meets a prodigy by the name of Jamaal, a young Black man who is in the prime of his High School career and is both a great athlete as he is a great writer. Jamaal suffers from what many other youth suffer from, he fears to be alienated simply because he is smart and enjoys literature. Jamaal is given a scholarship to a top tier NY private school and learns that life is not as different as many thought between the white and black worlds, just different means to the same ends.
    Jamaal becomes Connery's pupil and learns to truly express himself via his writing, and while he learns about himself, he forces Connery's to do the same and the two not only become friends, but conquer some of the true challenge's that life presents.
    This is a great film, something everyone could enjoy. It will certainly go down as a classic, and one of the best performances Connery graced us with....more info
  • A Moving Experience
    This is a movie with an excellent premise, good actors, and fine directing, and one that should be seen by all who can not appreciate the quality of other human beings. And for those that do. It shows the potential for relationships between any two or more unlike individuals anywhere. My wife and I were impressed with Rob Brown's debut performance on the big screen. I was curious and was pleased to find he later starred in six movies since the filming of Forrester. The action moves purposefully, did not lag, and ended with a positive conclusion. The only problem I found was some excessive bad language. Because of this, I can recommend it for all adults, and only for a family with teen plus years, but not with younger children. This review was based on a VHS video from my private collection....more info
  • Excellent, enjoyable -- also manipulative, unsurprising
    I agree with most of the praise AND insults below.

    This is a highly enjoyable film, very well made. Great sets, acting, music. But it's also highly manipulative -- a paint-by-number Hollywood tearjerker, full of cliches, that pushses all the buttons.

    Have you seen the trailer? Then you know EVERYTHING in this film. The trailer told the ENTIRE STORY, including how it ended (so many trailers do that, it seems).

    Here's what you get from the trailer: A black teen genius in the ghetto befriends a reclusive white writer. Writer teaches the teen in return for keeping his secret -- where he's living. Proving his mettle, the teen gets transfered to a rich white school, then he gets stereotyped, and falsely accused of plagiarism by a somewhat racist teacher. Looks like he's done for. But then the white writer gains courage (through the teen's help) to leave his shell, and vindicates the teen genius to much applause. Break out the hankies.

    It was all in the trailer -- the entire film -- all 136 minutes of it.

    This is also one of those films that can't decide on an ending. It "ends" several times. You think, okay, that's it. But new endings keep getting tacked on. Like the director couldn't settle on an ending, and so uses them all, each meriting still more tears.

    I disagree with some of the below remarks that this breaks some stereotypes. The smart black ghetto kid, vicimtized by a racist "system", has been a cliche since the 1960s.

    Still, I enjoyed the film. Like E.T., you know the whole story going in, but it's so well made you still like it.

    PS: There's a MAJOR BLOOPER in this film. The teen is told that if his copying was with Forrester's permission, that that "would be different." NOT! If he had Forrester's permission, if would not be copyright infringement -- it would STILL be plagiarism. Think about it. If you buy a term paper from someone, and hand it in as your own, you have the author's permission -- but it's STILL plagiarism, no?

    I wonder if the filmmaker didn't know this, or did but hoped that the audience would miss it....more info

  • miscast prevents movie from soaring
    I really feel that Rob Brown was miscast. His acting is mediocre at best. He has no presence, no passion. The only way we know he likes to write is cuz he spends a good deal of the movie writing. If the role of Jamal had been filled by someone witha little more talent i think this movie would have been more worthwhile. And as a side note Busta Rhymes performance was much better then Brown's until the end of the movie....more info
  • Great Message
    Liked the message in the movie. Bought it as an inspirational piece for my younger family members....more info
  • GUS VAN SANT, OPUS 8
    ***** 2000. Directed by Gus Van Sant. A cloistered writer becomes the mentor of a young man from the Bronx. Sean -Salinger- Connery, during a brilliant and almost mystical scene, literally passes on his talent to his disciple by making him re-write one of his unpublished essays. Masterpiece....more info
  • It's not about basketball
    This is one of my favorite movies. Don't let the picture on the front fool you. It's about friendship, trust and being a good mentor. You will like this movie I guarantee it....more info
  • Finding Forrester - Truly inspirational!
    In "Finding Forrester" you can find no better story! Finding Forrester is just a wonderful, melodramatic tale that is told from the heart and is quite uplifting. Sean Connery gives a stunning performance as an agoraphobic man devastated by personal loss. Newcomer Rob Brown's performance as an extremely intelligent, but held back by his surroundings youth is nothing less than outstanding and Anna Paquin whose performance is right on with her usual high standards.

    The premise: MINOR SPOILER

    The main character played by Rob Brown is an extraordinarily intelligent sixteen year old living in the South Bronx. As a dare, he is challenged to sneak into "the man in the window's" home and bring something out. Connery scares him out of his home, causing him to leave behind his book bag with all of his stories in it. After critiquing all of his work, Connery drops his book bag down on the street for him to recover. What follows from this point is the development of an unlikely relationship between two people from entirely different worlds. As Connery's character mentors Brown's character in his writing and during the young mans transition from an inner city school to a private school and Brown's character helps to bring Forrester out of his agoraphobic shell. {ssintrepid}...more info

  • Your the man now, dog!
    I loved the way that a most uncommon friendship formed between 2 most different people. Who would have thought that Sean Connery fitted into a role such as this, but it was very clever to see it all develop. I've always enjoyed the melancholy acting of F. Murray Abraham, and once again he proves that he is perfect for the role. It was the first movie where I realized that Busta Rhymes acted on the side.I thought he almost played a key role as the ideal big brother, and showed the genuine love for Jamal that some siblings never experience. Rob Brown, awesome. A talented young basketball player who learns that he is also a talented writer.

    One thing that I love are some of the comments that Brown and Connery come out with in this. Brown: "You read all these, man?" Connery: "No, I just have them to impress all my visitors." Another one I like is, "Bolt the door... if you're coming in." But my favorite line throughout the whole film as to be one you probably would never expect from someone like Sean Connery. He booms, "PUNCH THE KEYS!!!" and Jamal punches the keys, and then he proceeds to say, "You're the man now, dog!" Who's gonna forget that! Ha!...more info

  • good intentions unconvincingly executed
    Bill Cosby's recent controversial remarks, in fact echoing those of Malcolm X, have been received with politically correct derision. Here is a movie whose theme emphasizes the rewards, as well as the agonies, attendant upon an American black youngster breaking into the academic world. Though I am generally opposed to movies that carry a propaganda message (and profoundly so to those that continue to portray blacks as victims), we are so desperately in need of positive black role models (instead of those that pay fawning homage to 'street culture'), that I applaud the intent of this movie.

    Unfortunately I can't agree with the majority of critics that the Jamal Wallace character is convincing. Rob Brown, who plays him, is utterly miscast and emanates a deep and sullen dullness in a role that needed a character capable of hinting at essential brilliance, concealed beneath an unpromising and protective exterior. To me the unpromising exterior remains intact for the duration.

    Connery, as usual, shows his versatility, but I don't see this as even near his best work - he seems not to have his heart in it and I can't blame him. Jamal, by the way, since he checked the professor's use of 'farther' when he should have used 'further' might have usefully caught out the erudite Forrester using 'phenomena' when he meant 'phenomenon'! But a movie cannot be better than its screenplay and I'd say that is another weakness here.
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  • AWWESOMNE
    DUDE LIKE TOTALLY TUBULAR MOVIE... YOUSE GOTTA GET A GOOOD BAKED ON BUZZ FIRST BUT THEN THIS MOVIE ROCKS LIKE TOTALLY.
    LIKE WOW MAN I LOVED DID MOVIE.
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  • The Old Typewriters Were Cool...
    When you saw reviews for this movie, what did you think? Good movie? Predictable movie? Horrible movie? Whatever you though, you are probably right.

    I have spoken with lots of people who really loved this film. I thought it contrived, thinly written and not that great, to be honest. The story was nice and it left you with a warm feeling in your stomach, but it was a story we have seen a million times just put into a new setting. (Think Scent of a Woman meets Dead Poets Society.)

    But like I said, lots of people really liked it. I tend to think it would be more worth a cheap seat viewing or rental price, but if you thought the previews looked good, see this film. I guess....more info
  • Mysterous Writer and Scholarship Boy
    Those who want high-pitched excitement would not like this story. Those who look for romantic love might also be disappointed. But those of us who prefer to be caught up in a quiet but insistent drama of two unlikely characters will find rewards aplenty. The veteran actor plays WITH the young actor to create a memorable story that touches on racism, snobbish academia, justice of various kinds, and dreams held by young and old. I cannot help thinking of J.D. Salinger as the writer. The best thing about the movie is that it bears repeating and repeating and repeating....more info
  • budget mom
    i am glad a friend introduced me to this website. its fast and easy, plus the prices are incredible. ...more info
  • a great movie
    finding forrester is the movie of the year. It took my perants a while to get me to watch it but once I did I loved it. With a allstar cast of Sean Connery and some other people, this movie is one of the best Ive seen!...more info
  • Excellent Drama With Exceptional Star Power. Sir Sean Connery Is Brilliant As Ever.
    Gus Van Sant's follow-up to his unneccessary remake of Sir Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "Psycho" is an inspiring film on the levels of "The Karate Kid" and his Academy Award winning 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting." The star power here is terrific, with Academy Award winners Sir Sean Connery (Best Supporting Actor, "The Untouchables"; but he will always be remembered as that suave superspy Bond...James Bond), F. Murray Abraham (Best Actor, "Amadeus") and Anna Paquin (Best Supporting Actress,
    "The Piano"). To give away the multi-layerd plot would be pointless, but the relationship between Brown & Ms. Paquin's characters should have been developed further (no, I'm not asking for sex scenes, but touches of romance would have been nice). Watch for a surprise cameo near the end. Though I haven't seen it, "Finding Forrester" is good like "Good Will Hunting" minus the language and sex. Rated PG-13 for some strong language. ...more info
  • Excellent and Inspiring!
    This one of my favorite movies of all time. The cast which includes Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Rob Brown and Anna Panquin is great, and the story is orginal and inspiring. This movie tells the story of an underprivlaged young man named Jamal who is uncommonly good writer in a world where it not wholely appreacited. He meets up with Sean Connery who plays William Forrester, a reclusive writer who mentors him and in turn Jamal helps him come out of his own shell, Jamal attends a upscale prep school where he comes up some opposition in Professor Robert Crawford(F. Murray Abraham) who is a bitter, unsucsessful writer turned high school English teacher. He thinks Jamal being a black kid from the Bronx can't possibily write as good as he does and accuses him of cheating. There are also apperances by Busta Rhymes and even Matt Damon to give this movie a very diverse and great cast. The cimetography and the diverse sound track is also a great addition to the movie. ...more info
  • Great movie!
    This is a great teaching movie! While there is an excessive amount of swearing, the true message of the film gets through. Pick it up if you want a great story!...more info
  • You're the man now, dog!
    Honestly, does it get any funnier than Sean Connery yelling out, "You're the man now, dog!" That's priceless. Not only is it funny because it's Connery using modern day slang, it's also because the usage of the word "dog" went out of style faster than...well, it never was cool to say. The saying, however, is as timeless as "more cowbell" and "My name is Inigo Montoya..." - it just gets better each time it's heard.

    Another classic line is when Connery belts out, "PUNCH the keys for God's sake!" It's not quite up to YTMND standards, but PTKFGS is nonetheless hilarious.

    The movie itself is highly inspirational and entertaining. William Forrester (Connery) is a reclusive, agoraphobic, Pulitzer Prize winning author living in Harlem. He's somewhat of a neighborhood boogeyman, and one day a prodigous yet troubled talent named Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) dares to sneak into the apartment. Forrester scares him away, and in his haste, Wallace drops his backpack with his writings. Some time later the work is returned, but all the papers are edited and reviewed. In no time at all, the two are friends, Forrester is reviewing all of Wallace's work, and the two famous lines are uttered.

    The struggle and relationship between student and teacher is truly fabulous to watch in this movie. And when Wallace attempts to help his teacher, or to coax out any sort of information, there is a palpable tension. The true battle eventually unfolds between Wallace, his school, and his professor, where someone must sacrifice in order to help the other.

    I highly recommend this movie in every circumstance. It's a feel good movie with true life-lessons....more info
  • Finding Forrester
    This story is about a teenage boy named "Jamal Wallace" ,and about a man named "William Forrester".Jamal robbed William. What Jamal didnt know was he was robbing a famous writer who is agorophobic. Jamal left his back pack at his house that night he robbed him and came back to get it and William ordered him to write a 5,000 page essay on why he robbed him.Then after he wrote that essay they started talking and William helped Jamal in his english and Jamal was accepted to this very "smart" school . You have to watch to find out what happened to Jamal and William. I think this movie was excellent and i recomend this movie to every one.Its not a boring movie.Sean Connery playing William Forrester is telling Rob brown playing Jamal Wallace to try things, aim high , be all you can be. Although he is not telling him with words he is showing him the way .Rob Brown playing Jamal Wallace was his first movie to ever play in. I think "Jamal Wallace" was a great influance to "William Forrester" and the other way around because they both helped one another out in life....more info
  • Phenomenal Movie
    I was highly impressed with the movie. It came on time and also in superb condition. I had no issues with the company that sent it. Thanks!...more info
  • Finding Forrester DVD
    Sean Connery at his finest. Every time Mr. Connery is paired with a gifted, less well known actor he seems to bring out the best in both of them and Finding Forrester is no exception. F. Murray Abraham is a delightful antagonist filled with hubris and pride. Anna Paquin turns in a sensitive performance as the romantic interest. All in all a satisfying film that will easily withstand repeated watching....more info
  • How I found Finding Forrester
    I wouldn't recommed this film to my friends because they don't have a very wide span of interests but I do think this is a good movie for a parent or adult. I liked this film because it had a lot of truth about their relationships and their image. Jamal(Rob Brown)is a good student in tests but just passes in class. The famous writter William Forrester(Sean Connery)is a goraphobic and doesn't leave his house. Jamal is dared to go into his house and that is how they become friends. I think this is a good story about friendship and showing how friends and family can have a great impact on your life. I think that they did a wonderful job on casting and the new comer (Rob Brown)Jamal was a good choice....more info
  • GREAT MOVIE
    finally a movie that shows the truth about strong proud african american men and the racism of the white man who is jealous of our accomplishments.
    kamal not only confronts and overcomes the oposition from his teacher but eventually saves shawn connery from himself.
    men of color unite!...more info
  • A Very Moving Story of Mentorship
    Wow, I haven't felt this emotional at the end of a movie since Dead Poets Society. Sean Connery and Rob Brown combine to deliver a stellar performance. This is truly a touching movie. It forces you to reflect on who helped you to become the person you are as well as makes you wonder how many missed opportunities there have been to meet someone new that could change your life. You have got to see this movie....more info