"Searching" is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty.
The starring cast includes John Cho, Debra Messing, Michelle La, Kya Dawn Lau, Megan Liu, Alex Jayne Go, Sara Sohn, Joseph Lee, Colin Woodell, Steven Michael Eich and others.

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


Is there a trailer for Searching movie?

Sony Pictures Entertainment on Monday, June 18, 2018 released the trailer for "Searching" you can watch here:
SEARCHING - Official Trailer 2.

Plot summary

What is Searching movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Searching" movie plot summary.

David Kim (John Cho) lives in San Jose, California with his daughter Margot (Michelle La). His wife Pamela (Sara Sohn) was diagnosed with lymphoma and died before Margot entered high school. One day, David cannot get in contact with Margot. Believing she has gone to her piano lesson, David calls the piano instructor, but he is informed that Margot cancelled her lessons six months prior. He discovers that she was pocketing the money and transferred it to a now-deleted Venmo account. He calls the police and the case is assigned to Detective (Debra Messing) Rosemary Vick. Accessing Margot's accounts, David learns that she had become a loner since Pamela's death. Vick reports that Margot made a fake ID and shows traffic camera footage of her car outside of the city, suggesting she may have run away.
David, unconvinced, discovers that Margot had been using a streaming site and befriended a young woman called "fish_n_chips". Vick reports back that fish_n_chips is innocent, having been sighted in Pittsburgh at the time of the disappearance. From Margot's Tumblr, David finds that she frequently visited Barbosa Lake, which is near the highway she was last seen. At the lake, he finds her PokΓ©mon keychain on the ground. The police locate her car underwater. Her body is not inside, but there is an envelope containing the piano lesson money.
After an altercation David has with a boy who claimed to know where Margot is, Vick tells him he can no longer participate in the investigation. Undeterred, David visits a site that displays the crime scene photographs and notices his brother Peter's jacket. He then discovers text messages between Margot and Peter (Joseph Lee), hinting that they might have had an incestuous relationship. When he confronts Peter, the latter explains that they were only smoking marijuana and confiding in each other. He chastises David for failing to notice his daughter was depressed. Vick tells him that an ex-convict named Randy Cartoff (Ric Sarabia) confessed to raping and killing Margot before committing suicide.


Who plays who in the Searching movie?

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

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

Release date

When is Searching movie release date?

"Searching" movie release date was scheduled to be 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, Hungary) and on December 14, 2018 (People's Republic of China) distributing by Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR), ACME, B&H Film Distribution, Big Picture 2 Films, Columbia Pictures, Feelgood Entertainment, Forum Film, Galaxy Distributors, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Releasing Argentina, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Amazon Prime Video, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and Stage 6 Films.


What are Searching filming details?

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

"Searching" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about Searching movie?

"Searching" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.6/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 92/100. The audience also loves the film.

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