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Finding Forrester

Jamal Wallace and his friends have often noticed the mysterious man watching them with binoculars from his inner city apartment each day while they shoot hoops outside their Brooklyn school. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 136
Theater Release: 19 Dec 2000
Video Release:
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What consequences could have resulted from Jamal’s decision to break into William’s apartment?

What traits in Jamal’s character caused William to trust him?

Could Jamal have achieved equally good grades in his original school? Did the private school offer him anything more than prestige? How did peer pressure hold Jamal back from being his best? Can negative peer pressure effect students in all types of schools?

You may create an interesting family discussion by questioning the amount of objectionable language in this otherwise good film. Why do moviemakers include profanities in the work? Is this how these people would really talk? If most family members feel the portrayal is realistic, ask why our language has become so riddled with profanity? Do they think the media’s increased use of these words has affected their use in society?

Another great teaching movie that shows a true story of inner city success (with a lot less profanity) is Stand and Deliver . Check our review!

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