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  • 2018
  • PG-13
  • 101min
  • 91%
  • 7.7 / 10

The plot revolves around the relationship between a father, David, played by John Cho and his daughter, Margot, played by Michelle La. After the death of his wife due to cancer, the relationship becomes distant. David wakes up one day to find that his daughter, after spending a night at a friend's house, goes missing. After missing three phone calls from her the night before, David is unable to reach her. Calling her piano teacher, he then finds out she canceled her lessons six months ago. David begins to track down her friends online and it is there where much of the movie takes place, on texting apps, laptop screens, browser windows, and video surveillance footage. In trying to track down his daughter he comes to the realization that he is like a stranger, unfamiliar with what has been happening in his own daughter's life. Frantic to find her, David tries to piece the online clues to find her before it's too late.

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Searching is the first mainstream Hollywood movie headlined by an Asian-American actor. It received glowing reviews that all praised the deft use and incorporation of the many ways in which people, particularly young kids communicate using modern technologies. With sharp editing and effective visuals of all the communication tools that would be familiar to movie-goers, the film draws you into a world of every parent's worst nightmare.


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Searching is an American film in the thriller genre, directed by Aneesh Chaganty and co-written with Sev Ohanian. It debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, with a US theatrical release on August 31, 2018. The main leads are John Cho and Debra Messing. Cho went on to be nominated for Best Male Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards. The film garnered a 92% approval rating on the review site Rotten Tomatoes. With a budget of $1 million, the film went on to gross over $75 million worldwide.