This tale about child chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin (Max Pomeranc) is a moving experience. The story unfolds as the boy’s parents discover their 7-year-old’s incredible, God-given gift. But contrary to the win-at-all-costs attitude of his father (Joe Mantegna) and teacher, Josh’s sense of fair play matches his chess prowess.
This exceptionally well-acted film is amusing and insightful. The ensemble cast also includes Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, David Paymer, William H. Macy, Dan Hedaya and Laura Linney. Rated PG.