(2015) (Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: An American chess prodigy tries to defeat his Russian counterpart, all while dealing with paranoia, a huge and demanding ego, and becoming the patriotic hope for American's wishing to defeat the Russians at the sport during the Cold War.
- It's the Cold War era and Bobby Fischer (TOBEY MAGUIRE) is the number one chess player in America and much of the world, although he's recently quit his bid to become world champion after believing the Russian players were teaming up to conspire against and thus prevent him from winning. Such paranoia and conspiracy-minded mentality came courtesy of his childhood with his mom, Regina (ROBIN WEIGERT), although Bobby's older sister, Joan (LILY RABE), seemed to have escaped that, and thus she worries about his mental state.
That concern is shared by former chess competitor turned priest Father Bill Lombardy (PETER SARSGAARD) who's brought on to be Bobby's training partner after entertainment lawyer and American patriot Paul Marshall (MICHAEL STUHLBARG) convinces Bobby to return to competition and defeat the Russians. And that would namely be the current champion in the world, Boris Spassky (LIEV SCHREIBER), who takes on and defeats Bobby during a good will tournament in California. It's there that Bobby meets and loses his virginity to Donna (EVELYNE BROCHU).
Undeterred by his defeat, Bobby agrees to battle Boris for the world championship in a match in Iceland. But his increasingly fragile mental state -- comprised of ego and big demands, paranoia and odd behavior -- threatens to derail his attempt, all while he becomes a celebrity and public figure for America in its battle with Russia.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're into chess or are fans of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem too likely outside some older teens.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For brief strong language, some sexual content and historical smoking.
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