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Jamal Wallace (Robert Brown) is an inner-city kid from the Bronx who has an aptness at basketball and a genius at writing. While always a C student, Jamal comes to the attention of a prestigious New York prep school when he scores highly on his standardized tests. While Jamal is given a heavy load at his new school, both he and the school know that the real reason they took him on is for his prowess on the court. Befriended by fellow student Claire (Anna Paquin) and helped along by Pulitzer-prize winning author and recluse William Forrester (Sean Connery), Jamal pursues his dreams both on andoff the court while overcoming obstacles placed by his bitter literature teacher. As Jamal is shaped by Forrester, he finds that he is changing the old writer as well, forcing him to confront his past...and his future.
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I am sorry to say that the great casting includes the jerk of a "teacher". He is everything that I abhor about the Northeast, and why I left. Too many jerks like him everywhere you go in that neck.
Connery is always good in whatever he does, but at times this bothers me, because he could do much better still. In this one, produced by him, he rather prefers to lean back and watch others work. I simply can't see him as a weak character. His true stamina and adrenalin is always overcooking. I could've seen an older William Hurt playing Forrester, but Connery? He has too much power and life in him that simmers through every pore of his skin to be a poor, isolated, secluded and frustrated writer.
He was far better in "The Rock" and in "Entrapment" than in this high-minded intellectual work. I could see it played on stage, but for a movie it's too little. I couldn't sense the immense struggle that both men had to go through in order to win the world. Still it's watchable, but a far cry from "Dead Poets' Society" or "Lean on Me"...