Gus Van Sant tells the story of a young African American man named Jamal who confronts his talents while living on the streets of the Bronx. He accidentally runs into an old writer named Forrester who discovers his passion for writing. With help from his new mentor Jamal receives a scholarship to a private school.
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This movie is a writer's movie. I saw it for the first time when I was 15, when writing might be path I might pursue, and also I was a pretty good basketball athelete. I found myself very related to Jamal, and finding him discover himself as a writer makes the viewer push him forward, but
Jamal is a great character also. He is a person with intergrity, a loyal friend, and much more than a person could be at 16. When he befriends a very reclused author who teaches him to find his own words, his writing blooms very greatly. The story lies between the friendship of these two characters and resolves in their understanding of each other and their friendship. This is one of Gus Van Sant's best.