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Finding Forrester

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

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

Movie PG-13 2000 133 minutes
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Excellent film

Excellent film with a beautiful ending.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (3 ):

There's nothing more appealing to watch in a movie than one character teaching another, except perhaps when two characters teach each other, as they do here. This reliable formula is well-presented in this fine film about two great writers at different stages of their careers. Newcomer Rob Brown is as impressive as the Oscar-winning trio of Connery, Paquin, and Abraham. Some of the best scenes are those in which Jamal unleashes his hidden smarts to skewer those who dared to have preconceptions about him. There are also scenes of real loyalty and connection between Jamal and Forrester, and between Jamal and his brother (Busta Rhymes in his best performance yet) and between Jamal and Claire.

The movie's primary weakness is its climax confrontation, which is artificially constructed and unrealistic. Forrester's explanation of his decision to withdraw from the world and his decision to change is weakly handled. Jamal may be just a little too perfect. And a brief in-joke appearance by a big star is distracting.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 22, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: April 24, 2001
  • Cast: F. Murray Abraham , Rob Brown , Sean Connery
  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Inclusion Information: Gay directors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 133 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language and sexual references
  • Last updated: November 20, 2023

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