->"''[[MemeticMutation You're the man now, dog!]]''"
-->-- '''William Forrester'''

->"''In a forgotten corner of the Bronx, something hidden is about to be found, someone legendary is about to be discovered, and something extraordinary is about to take place...''"
-->-- '''The trailer's narration'''

''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, Creator/FMurrayAbraham and Music/BustaRhymes.

It was {{Gus Van Sant}}'s more proper follow-up to ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (after his poorly-regarded ''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}}.

The line "You're the man now, dog!" spawned the humor website Website/{{YTMND}}.
!!This film provides examples of:

* BadassBoast: When Jamal asks if William, a writer who has only ever published one book, has ever entered a writing competition:
-->'''William''': Once.
-->'''Jamal''': Did you win?
-->'''William''': Well of course I ''won''.
-->'''Jamal''': Like money or somethin'?
-->'''William''': [''annoyed look''] The Pulitzer.
-->'''Jamal''': ...Oh.
* BrilliantButLazy / ObfuscatingStupidity: Jamal, prior to meeting 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. William also [[InvokedTrope calls Jamal]] out on this.
* DeadpanSnarker: William is usually this, although Jamal has some moments too.
* HandsOnApproach: Jamal ostensibly teaching a girl how to play defense in basketball.
* IntergenerationalFriendship
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The gruff and irritable William.
* MagicalNegro: Jamal is [[TropesAreTools a thoughtful and fleshed out]] version to William as he brings the old writer out of his shell. It gives depth to their student/teacher relationship.
* MeaningfulEcho: "That's not exactly a soup question, is it?"
%%* MentorOccupationalHazard
* OneBookAuthor: In-universe. William [[spoiler:though he leaves the completed draft of another book for Jamal to include a foreword]].
* OscarBait: Inspirational story? A laid-back setting with loads of drama bubbling under the surface? [[MemeticMutation Quotable quotes?]] It's all here.
* PlagiarismInFiction: Jamal is accused of this when he turns in an essay written with William's help (and lifting the title & opening paragraph from one of William's earlier works. Oops.)
* ReclusiveArtist: [[invoked]] William is this at the beginning of the movie, but Jamal convinces him to experience the outside world by the end.
* RightThroughTheWall: Jamal's neighbors.
* {{Scotireland}}: A bit of a RunningGag
* 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:William dies]] has oddly upbeat music. Although it may have been to get across the point that [[spoiler: Forrester died happily.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: Often said to be so to Gus Van Sant's own ''Film/GoodWillHunting''.
* ThrowingTheFight: Jamal 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.
* TotallyRadical: The memetic quote above is an in-story example by Forrester.
* VerbingNouny
* WhiteMansBurden: Bit more complicated than that, and inverted somewhat. See MagicalNegro.