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Finding Forrester Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Highly unoriginal but nevertheless stirring drama.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    One can't underestimate the appeal of any movie constructed around Sean Connery's charm.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The scenes between the old man and the teenager are at the heart of the movie, and it's a pleasure to watch the rapport between Connery, in his 50th year of acting, and Brown, in his first role.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    It's rare to see a movie that takes such joy in the power of words, not to create lofty works of art but to effect the simple, necessary translation of what's in one's heart and mind.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

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.

  • 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.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Some tense moments -- characters push one another, one character throws a glass into a wall.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Overheard sounds of couple having sex, some sexual references.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language including "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character drinks often, reference to drunk driving accident.