"Critical Thinking" is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by John Leguizamo.
The starring cast includes John Leguizamo as Mario Martinez aka Mr. T, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as Oelmy 'Ito' Paniagua, Angel Bismark Curiel as Rodelay Medina, Will Hochman as Gil Luna, Rachel Bay Jones as Principal Kestel, Jeffry Batista as Marcel Martinez, Ramses Jimenez as Andre Lamar, Zora Casebere as Chanayah, Michael Kenneth Williams as Mr. Roundtree, Corwin C. Tuggles as Sedrick Roundtree and others.

Here are "Critical Thinking" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Critical Thinking movie?

Vertical Entertainment US on Wednesday, August 05, 2020 released the trailer for "Critical Thinking" you can watch here:
Critical Thinking | Official Trailer (HD) | Vertical Entertainment.

Plot summary

What is Critical Thinking movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Critical Thinking" movie plot summary.

Set in 1998, Critical Thinking tells the true story of a Cuban-American teacher named Mario (John Leguizamo) Martinez (known to his students as Mr. T) and his national championship-winning chess club at Miami Jackson High School.
Sedrick, an African-American student living in a single-parent household, takes up chess as an elective and meets Mr. T along with Ito (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), a student who works after school to support his education. The class also includes Rodelay (Angel Bismark Curiel), the class clown, and Gil (Will Hochman), who is of Spanish descent.
Mr. T deals with opposition from Principal Kestel (Rachel Bay Jones), who believes that the class is made up of academic misfits and that the chess club brings little to no glory to the school. Kestel threatens to redirect funding from the chess club to the school's football team. To offset the price of the registration for the regional competition, Mr. T. uses his personal savings. At the end of the road trip, Sedrick happily tells his dad about his victory. Sedrick's father tells him to get his life straight and decide on his future rather than waste his time on chess. Ito loses his job and his mother throws him out of her apartment, leading him to quit the chess team. The rest of the team realizes that they need money to register for the state championship. They also need Ito, who previously qualified for the regional. If they can't achieve both, they risk forfeiting.
The boys face interrogation from police officers who believe that their friend Andre murdered another student. Soon after, Ito, dealing with financial troubles, is recruited by a drug kingpin because of his knack with numbers. The boys raise funds for the state championship by washing cars. They also recruit a new member, Marcel, whom Mr. T calls Duchamp. At the last minute, Ito changes his mind and travels with the boys to the tournament. An airline company had promised free tickets via sponsorship for them if they made it to the nationals, which they narrowly qualify for due to Rodelay's refusal to accept a draw, after which he loses due to a zugzwang. He stays at home to fix his life, with a drug dealer, Andre, threatening to hand him over to the police if he tries to quit.


Who plays who in the Critical Thinking movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Critical Thinking" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

John Leguizamo  as Mario Martinez aka Mr. T
Jorge Lendeborg Jr.  as Oelmy 'Ito' Paniagua (as Jorge Lendeborg)
Angel Bismark Curiel  as Rodelay Medina
Will Hochman  as Gil Luna
Rachel Bay Jones  as Principal Kestel
Jeffry Batista  as Marcel Martinez
Ramses Jimenez  as Andre Lamar
Zora Casebere  as Chanayah
Todd Allen Durkin  as Detective Ransone
Michael Kenneth Williams  as Mr. Roundtree
Corwin C. Tuggles  as Sedrick Roundtree
Isaac Beverly  as Pickle
Dave Baez  as Detective Vargas
Dre C.  as Michael Rivera
Sydney Arroyo  as Cornelia
Mike Benitez  as Jitney Driver
Kizra Deon  as Lawanda
John Manzelli  as Snooty Man
Betsy Graver  as Female TD
Landon Price  as Concerned Coach
Gabriel Bonilla  as Alberto
Ruben E. A. Brown  as Donny The Crackehad (as Ruben E. Brown)
Michele Lepe  as Female Reporter
Gene Harding  as Drunk Man
Tatum Price  as Flight Attendant
Brandon Somers  as Akopyan
Christy Antonio  as Tournament Director #2
Aden Karp  as Ned
Mario Martinez  as Real Martinez
Sedrick Roundtree  as Real Sedrick
Oelmy Paniagua  as Real Ito
Marcel Martinez  as Real Marcel
Gil Luna  as Real Gil
Rodelay Medina  as Real Rodelay
David Brownstein  as Akopyan's Father
Joshua Ritter  as TD #1
Daniel Augustin  as Hustler
Emily Leguizamo  as 2nd Reporter
Fernando Morales  as Tough Junkie
Carlos Guerrero  as Mr. Mann
Danitza Vazquez Maccarini  as Chess Player
Hotty Mathias  as Chanaya's Friend
Abigail Cannon  as Extra
Celine Alva  as Chess Player / Student
Gabrielle Barlatier  as Hooker
Alex Bernadotte  as Student
Angela Herrera  as Extra
Brandi Huzzie  as Mother (archive footage)
Monica Kaufer  as Hotel Receptionist
Julia Kay  as Woman in restaurant and plane
Darcy Klebs  as Background
Ezell Willis  as Friend

Release date

When is Critical Thinking movie release date?

"Critical Thinking" movie release date was scheduled to be on September 4, 2020 distributing by Vertical Entertainment, ACE Entertainment, Forefront Media Group and Front Row Filmed Entertainment.


What are Critical Thinking filming details?

The duration of the film is 117 minutes. The film's budget is ~$3 Million.

Principal photography began in November 2018 and was filmed over 20 days, on a budget of.


What are critics and audiences saying about Critical Thinking movie?

"Critical Thinking" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.4/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 94/100.

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