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Searching for Bobby Fischer
After watching speed chess in Washington Square Park, 7-year-old Josh Waitzken (Max Pomeranc) gets hooked on the game. Josh's father (solidly played by Joe Mantegna) learns that his son is a chess whiz and decides to hire an implacable chess master (Ben Kingsley) to coach the boy. When Josh is entered into high-stress competitions, what was once a pleasant hobby turns into a source of anxiety and indignation, forcing dad to reassess his decision.
Synopsis compliments of Netflix
A strong dramatic movie that follows the sports formula a little too closely (complete with montages), but manages to achieve some emotional depth. Strong acting, especially by the lead. Fishburne's role should've been expanded a bit.
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