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Meaningless Certificate

When Bruce crushes Josh’ goal of earning his chess certificate, Josh’s mother questions whether they are pushing Josh too hard.

Themes: Meaningless, Mentor, Motherhood, Protection, Insensitive, Winning, Losing, Fatherhood, Love-Father's, Ultimatum, Parenting, Sensitivity, Goals, Priorities, Accomplishment, Chess


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"Searching For Bobby Fischer" movie clips poster

Every journey begins with a single move.

Josh Waitzkin is just a typical American boy interested in baseball when one day he challenges his father at chess and wins. Showing unusual precocity at the outdoor matches at Washington Square in New York City, he quickly makes friends with a hustler named Vinnie who teaches him speed chess. Josh’s parents hire a renowned chess coach, Bruce, who teaches Josh the usefulness of measured planning. Along the way Josh becomes tired of Bruce’s system and chess in general and purposely throws a match, leaving the prospects of winning a national championship in serious jeopardy.

MPAA: Rated PG for thematic elements

Principal Cast: Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley and Max Pomeranc

Director: Steven Zaillian

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