About 12 minutes into my showing of Searching an old man asked in a loud voice “Is This Searching?!” That got a chuckle from the crowd, because the first section on this film does recall Pixar’s Up, rather than your run of the mill thriller. Searching manages to be as emotional as it is harrowing.
Debra Messing is very bad in this. It’s almost as if she’s doing a poor Mariska Hargitay impersonation. Cho does a good job of keeping the film moving in his monologues.