Searching for Bobby Fischer

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  • PG
  • 1993
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 7.4  (42,248)
  • 89

Searching for Bobby Fischer is a 1993 American drama film directed by Steven Zaillian and written by Zaillian and based on a true story of the life of chess prodigy Joshua Waitzkin. The movie is loosely based on the book written by his father, Fred Waitzkin. The plot is about a young boy named Josh Waitzkin (played by Max Pomeranc) who discovers his incredible talent for chess during a park game with his father, Fred (played by Joe Mantegna).

Josh quickly begins to develop his chess skills by playing against other kids his age and eventually enrolls in a chess school led by Bruce Pandolfini (played by Ben Kingsley). Pandolfini quickly recognizes Josh's potential and begins training him for the national championship. Despite Josh's clear talent and potential, his parents struggle with the idea of putting too much pressure on their young son and worry about the negative impact it could have on his childhood.

As Josh continues to excel in chess, he becomes more and more obsessed with the game, which creates tension with his parents and ultimately leads to his father's disapproval of Pandolfini's strict training techniques. Meanwhile, the film explores the relationships between Josh and his parents, who struggle to balance their own desires for their son with his own sense of self-realization.

Moreover, the movie emphasizes the toll that obsessive behavior and pressure to succeed can have on children, and the importance of finding balance in life. The performances by the cast are commendable, most notably Max Pomeranc's portrayal of Josh Waitzkin. The writing and direction by Steven Zaillian are also praiseworthy, effectively capturing the emotions and tensions of the story without tipping into melodrama or contrivance.

Overall, Searching for Bobby Fischer is an inspiring and thought-provoking film about the pursuit of excellence, the search for identity, and the delicate balance between achieving greatness and maintaining one's humanity. The movie does a great job of conveying the complexity of the characters and their relationships with each other, and provoking the audience to consider the ethical implications of pushing children too hard to excel.

Searching for Bobby Fischer is a 1993 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4 and a MetaScore of 89.

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