Synopsis: Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd) is a 7-year-old with a genius IQ. Single mother Dede (Jodie Foster) worries Fred might have an easier time fitting in around other child prodigies. Despite reservations, she allows Fred to go to a smart summer camp run by child psychologist Jane Grierson (Dianne Wiest), a former child prodigy. Fred's studies advance, but, as he prepares for a national TV competition, he is torn between following through with his advanced education or building a normal life.
Genre: Drama
Actors: Jodie Foster, Alex Lee, Adam Hann-Byrd, Michael Shulman
Production: Orion Home Video
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

In the preface, she refers to the American housewife as, and I quote...

..."A pathetic slamhound with no notion of self-worth whatsoever."

- Whatever I pay you, it's not enough. - True.

Fred Tate. Seven years old. Second grader at Eisenhower Elementary School.

He writes poetry, paints in oils and water, plays the piano at competition level...

...all the while maintaining unlimited skills in math and physics.

I can't explain it, Jane.

It's not so much what he knows, but...

...what he understands.

"Death". There stands death,

A bluish distillate in a cup without a saucer.

Such a strange place to find a cup,

Standing on the back of a hand.

Oh, shooting star that fell into my eyes and through my body:

Not to forget you. To endure.

- Has this boy been tested? - Just the Stanford-Binet.

His numbers are here.

This is extraordinary.

- Where's the rest of his stuff? - Apparently...

...the mother refuses to let him take any other tests.

What about the father?

- I don't know what happened to him. - She probably doesn't either.

- Did you send them our material? - Yes, but I don't know if she'll respond.

Well, keep trying.

Stupid woman.

M-A-I T-A-I.

Mai tai. Did I say "margarita"?

I don't think so.

Scotch rocks, vodka tonic and a Bud.

The kid's mind is just somewhere else. Maybe he's bored or somethin'.

He hasn't said anything, but I can tell.

- Have you heard a word I said? - Yeah, Dede. I always hear you.

Today your kid's bored.

Yesterday he was having some funny nightmares.

He woke up inside of some painting I never even heard of.

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Scott Frank

A. Scott Frank (born March 10, 1960) is an American screenwriter, film director, and author. He has earned two Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nominations, for Out of Sight (1998) and Logan (2017). more…

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