Searching is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty.

Official trailers

Sony Pictures Entertainment on Monday, June 18, 2018 released the trailer:
SEARCHING - Official Trailer 2.

Story intro

In San Jose, California, David Kim is shown looking through photographs and videos of his daughter Margot and his wife Pamela at various times in Margot's childhood as a happy, close family. He also has a single brother, Peter, who is seemingly less responsible than David, but they appear on generally good terms. Pam finds out she has lymphoma, and after a brief battle, dies while Margot is a young teen. Margot is then shown a bit older and now in high school, seemingly making the most of things but perhaps becoming somewhat distant. One night, Margot goes to a friend's house for a study-group. While David sleeps, Margot attempts to call him three times. The next morning, David is unable to find Margot but assumes she has risen early to go to school. Later, he calls Margot's piano instructor, but is informed that Margot cancelled her lessons six months ago. David discovers that Margot had been pocketing the money for the lessons, and had transferred it to a now-deleted Venmo account. Realizing that Margot is missing, David calls the police, and the case is assigned to Detective Rosemary Vick, who asks for information about Margot's personality and friendships. David manages to access Margot's accounts, including Facebook, and speaks to her contacts, but discovers that Margot had distanced herself from her peers since Pamela's death. Vick calls to report that Margot made a fake ID for herself, and shows traffic-camera footage of Margot's car at a highway-juncture outside of the city, suggesting that Margot may have deliberately run away.


John Cho
David Kim, Peter's brother, Pamela Nam's husband and Margot's father
Debra Messing
Detective Vick
Michelle La
Margot Kim, the daughter of David and Pamela Kim and Peter's niece
Kya Dawn Lau
Young Margot (9 yrs)
Megan Liu
Young Margot (7 yrs)
Alex Jayne Go
Young Margot (5 yrs)
Sara Sohn
Pamela Nam Kim, David's wife and Margot's mother
Joseph Lee
Peter Kim, David's brother and Margot's uncle
Colin Woodell
911 Operator (voice)
Steven Michael Eich
Robert Vick, Rosemary's son
Ric Sarabia
Randy Cartoff, ex-convict
Sean O'Bryan
Radio Jockey
Dominic Hoffman
Michael Porter
Sylvia Minassian
Mrs. Shahinian (voice)
Melissa Disney
Isaac's Mom (voice)
Connor McRaith
Joseph John Schirle
Jonah Emmi (voice) (as Joseph K. Shirle)
Ashley Edner
Margot's Friend #1 (voice)
Courtney Lauren Cummings
Margot's Friend #2 (voice) (as Courtney Cummings)
Kenneth Mosley
Margot's Friend #7 (voice)
Ben J. Pierce
Margot's Friend #11 (voice)
Briana McLean
Reed Buck
Derek Ellis (voice)
Franchesca Maia
Sadie (YouCast)
Thomas Barbusca
Cody (YouCast)
Erica Jenkins
Julie Nathanson
Natalie Boyd (voice)
Bryce Branagan
Diver #1
Katie Rowe
Diver #2
Roy Abramsohn
Male Anchor
Kristin Herold
Female Anchor
Rasha Goel
Search Reporter
Johnno Wilson
Mike Makowsky
Erin Henriques
Gage Biltoft
John Watson
LaSaundra Gibson
Faustine Rea (as Lasaundra Gibson)
John Macey
Mr. Lee
Betsy Foldes
SVPD Missing Persons (voice) (as Betsy Foldes Meiman)
Benjamin J. Cain Jr.
SVPD Homicide Agent (as Ben Cain)
Brad Abrell
News Reporter (voice)
Michelle Sparks
News Reporter #4 (voice)


The film Searching was scheduled to be released on January 21, 2018 (Sundance, Sundance Film Festival), on August 24, 2018 (Indonesia), on August 31, 2018 (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland), on September 20, 2018 (Germany) and on December 14, 2018 (People's Republic of China) by ACME, B&H Film Distribution, Big Picture 2 Films, Columbia Pictures, Feelgood Entertainment, Forum Film, Galaxy Distributors, Screen Gems, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR), Amazon Prime Video, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and Stage 6 Films.

The duration of the film is 102 minutes. With a budget of $880,000, the film grossed over $75.5 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


Searching got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: Searching

Wikipedia: Searching (film)

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