Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -2

Anthony Mackie, Wesley Jonathan, Wayne Brady, Kristen Wilson, Lit J.J., Eva Pigford. Sports drama. Written & Directed by Preston A. Whitmore II.

This urban drama is set against the world of streetball, where teams play with little regard for rules. The story follows two young hopefuls, one who wants to go to college and become a doctor, the other his streetwise friend bent on helping him achieve his goal.

The film has some clunky moments brought on by unsteady direction and clumsy acting (the female characters evidently cast due to how they fit in mini jean skirts, and for no other apparent reason). But despite the tiresome hip-hop-dog talk, and the MTV sensuality, this is about the most affirming movie Ive seen this year, filled with positive messages aimed at urban youth.

While many struggling youths in dangerous communities seek a way out through lawbreaking and the soullessness of drug selling, the characters in this film want to better their lives. They realize that to do so, you cant depend on the quick money-making of illegal sports or illegal anything. They are willing to sacrifice to achieve their goals. Never preachy, the film showcases black teens who show respect for others and ultimately for themselves.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Sony Pictures

Crude Language: Some lewd comments aimed at young women
Obscene Language: 3 BS, 2 S-words, 2 minor expletives (damn)
Profanity: 1 misuse of Jesus name; 1 oh my God
Violence: Graphically depicted motorcycle accident; twice an angered man becomes forceful with women, pushing and shoving, but no hitting; a street thug threatens the leads
Sexual Intercourse: It is implied that one couple sleep together; the girl gets pregnant; several young ladies in brief, provocative attire; sensuous dancing at a night club
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: A couple of crude sexual comments
Drug Abuse: Social drinking
Other: None
Running Time: 135 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

Copyright Preview Family Movie Review (