History Film / FindingForrester

14th Apr '16 9:51:07 AM Prfnoff
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'''''Finding Forrester''''' is a movie from 2000 about a boy from a poor neighborhood in the Bronx with talents for writing and basketball. When his high test scores and athletic skills get him a scholarship to a prestigious prep school, he meets a famously reclusive author who helps lead him to success. The film is starred by Rob Brown as Jamal, Creator/SeanConnery as the titular Forrester William Forrester. The cast is completed by Creator/AnnaPaquin, FMurrayAbraham and Music/BustaRhymes

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'''''Finding Forrester''''' ''Finding Forrester'' is a movie from 2000 about a boy from a poor neighborhood in the Bronx with talents for writing and basketball. When his high test scores and athletic skills get him a scholarship to a prestigious prep school, he meets a famously reclusive author who helps lead him to success. The film is starred by Rob Brown as Jamal, Creator/SeanConnery as the titular Forrester William Forrester. The cast is completed by Creator/AnnaPaquin, FMurrayAbraham Creator/FMurrayAbraham and Music/BustaRhymes
Music/BustaRhymes.
20th Nov '15 7:25:14 AM lipranzer
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* MeaningfulEcho: "That's not exactly a soup question, is it?"
25th Oct '15 6:23:43 PM nombretomado
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It was {{Gus Van Sant}}'s more proper follow-up to ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (after his poorly-regarded ''{{Psycho|1998}}'' remake) and it's perceived failure led to an eight year sabbatical from mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, doing [[Film/{{Gerry}} a string]] [[Film/{{Elephant}} of minimalist]] [[Film/LastDays movies where]] [[Film/ParanoidPark he had a hand in the writing]], before coming back with Film/{{Milk}}.

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It was {{Gus Van Sant}}'s more proper follow-up to ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (after his poorly-regarded ''{{Psycho|1998}}'' ''Film/{{Psycho|1998}}'' remake) and it's perceived failure led to an eight year sabbatical from mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, doing [[Film/{{Gerry}} a string]] [[Film/{{Elephant}} of minimalist]] [[Film/LastDays movies where]] [[Film/ParanoidPark he had a hand in the writing]], before coming back with Film/{{Milk}}.
14th Oct '15 10:42:10 AM FF32
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It was {{Gus Van Sant}}'s more proper follow-up to ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (after his poorly-regarded ''{{Psycho|1998}}'' remake) and it's perceived failure led to an eight year sabbatical from mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, doing [[Film/{{Gerry}} a string]] [[Film/{{Elephant}} of minimalist]] [[Film/LastDays movies where]] [[Film/ParanoidPark he had a hand in the writing]], before coming back with [[Film/{{Milk}}]].

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It was {{Gus Van Sant}}'s more proper follow-up to ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (after his poorly-regarded ''{{Psycho|1998}}'' remake) and it's perceived failure led to an eight year sabbatical from mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, doing [[Film/{{Gerry}} a string]] [[Film/{{Elephant}} of minimalist]] [[Film/LastDays movies where]] [[Film/ParanoidPark he had a hand in the writing]], before coming back with [[Film/{{Milk}}]].
Film/{{Milk}}.
14th Oct '15 10:41:58 AM FF32
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It was {{Gus Van Sant}}'s more proper follow-up to ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (after his poorly-regarded ''{{Psycho|1998}}'' remake) and it's perceived failure led to an eight year sabbatical from mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, doing [[Film/Gerry a string]] [[Film/Elephant of minimalist]] [[Film/LastDays movies where]] [[Film/ParanoidPark he had a hand in the writing]], before coming back with [[Film/Milk]].

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It was {{Gus Van Sant}}'s more proper follow-up to ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (after his poorly-regarded ''{{Psycho|1998}}'' remake) and it's perceived failure led to an eight year sabbatical from mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, doing [[Film/Gerry [[Film/{{Gerry}} a string]] [[Film/Elephant [[Film/{{Elephant}} of minimalist]] [[Film/LastDays movies where]] [[Film/ParanoidPark he had a hand in the writing]], before coming back with [[Film/Milk]].
[[Film/{{Milk}}]].
9th Sep '15 10:58:04 AM Volvagia423
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It was {{Gus Van Sant}}'s more proper follow-up to ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (after his poorly-regarded ''{{Psycho|1998}}'' remake) and his last mainstream Hollywood film.

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It was {{Gus Van Sant}}'s more proper follow-up to ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (after his poorly-regarded ''{{Psycho|1998}}'' remake) and his last it's perceived failure led to an eight year sabbatical from mainstream Hollywood film.
filmmaking, doing [[Film/Gerry a string]] [[Film/Elephant of minimalist]] [[Film/LastDays movies where]] [[Film/ParanoidPark he had a hand in the writing]], before coming back with [[Film/Milk]].
12th Nov '14 7:48:17 PM Darthman616
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Often said to be so to Gus Van Sant's own ''Film/GoodWillHunting''.
7th Nov '14 11:38:54 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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-->'''William''': Once.
4th Nov '14 9:09:32 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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*BadassBoast: When Jamal asks if William, a writer who has only ever published one book, has ever entered a writing competition:
-->'''Jamal''': Did you win?
-->'''William''': Well of course I ''won''.
-->'''Jamal''': Like money or somethin'?
-->'''William''': [''annoyed look''] The Pulitzer.
-->'''Jamal''': ...Oh.
4th Nov '14 8:50:21 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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* BrilliantButLazy / ObfuscatingStupidity: Jamal, prior to meeting Forrester, intentionally performed averagely on his homework and testing in order to save face around his friends. Eventually, the school discovers just how smart Jamal actually is. Forrester also [[InvokedTrope calls Jamal]] out on this.
* DeadpanSnarker: Forrester is usually this, although Jamal has some moments too.
* HandsOnApproach: Jamaal ostensibly teaching a girl how to play defense in basketball.

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* BrilliantButLazy / ObfuscatingStupidity: Jamal, prior to meeting Forrester, William, intentionally performed averagely on his homework and testing in order to save face around his friends. Eventually, the school discovers just how smart Jamal actually is. Forrester William also [[InvokedTrope calls Jamal]] out on this.
* DeadpanSnarker: Forrester William is usually this, although Jamal has some moments too.
* HandsOnApproach: Jamaal Jamal ostensibly teaching a girl how to play defense in basketball.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The gruff and irritable Forrester.
* MagicalNegro: Jamal is [[TropesAreNotBad a thoughtful and fleshed out]] version to Forrester as he brings the old writer out of his shell. It gives depth to their student/teacher relationship.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The gruff and irritable Forrester.
William.
* MagicalNegro: Jamal is [[TropesAreNotBad a thoughtful and fleshed out]] version to Forrester William as he brings the old writer out of his shell. It gives depth to their student/teacher relationship.



* TheObiWan: Forrester is this to Jamal.
* OneBookAuthor: Forrester[[spoiler:, though he writes another book in the end.]]

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* TheObiWan: Forrester William is this to Jamal.
* OneBookAuthor: Forrester[[spoiler:, though William [[spoiler:though he writes leaves the completed draft of another book in the end.]]for Jamal to include a foreword]].



* PlagiarismInFiction: Jamal is accused of this when he turns in an essay written with Forrester's help.
* ReclusiveArtist: [[invoked]] Forrester is this at the beginning of the movie, but Jamal convinces him to experience the outside world by the end.

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* PlagiarismInFiction: Jamal is accused of this when he turns in an essay written with Forrester's help.
William's help (and lifting the title & opening paragraph from one of William's earlier works. Oops.)
* ReclusiveArtist: [[invoked]] Forrester William is this at the beginning of the movie, but Jamal convinces him to experience the outside world by the end.



* SoundtrackDissonance: The scene where Jamal finds out that [[spoiler: Forrester dies]] has oddly upbeat music. Although it may have been to get across the point that [[spoiler: Forrester died happily.]]
* ThrowingTheFight: Jamal Wallace misses a pair of free-throws at the end of a game on purpose because he's tired of the way he's being treated by the administrators of his school.

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* [[spoiler:SecretlyDying]]: Revealed at the end of the movie that William [[spoiler:had been diagnosed with terminal cancer]] several years before meeting Jamal, which explains a lot of their earlier interaction.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The scene where Jamal finds out that [[spoiler: Forrester [[spoiler:William dies]] has oddly upbeat music. Although it may have been to get across the point that [[spoiler: Forrester died happily.]]
* ThrowingTheFight: Jamal Wallace misses a pair of free-throws at the end of a game on purpose because he's tired of the way he's being treated by the administrators of his school.
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