Glory Road

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

In 1966 Don the Bear Haskins, coach of the little known Texas Western basketball team, caused an uproar by starting five black players in the NCAA championships. This is their story.

Cocky underdogs, tough coaches, last second scores; basketball movies are as alike as, well, football movies. But every so often, one comes along with a message, a performance or a subplot that raises it above the norm. Indeed, the good ones usually provide a metaphor for life (Hoop Dreams, Hoosiers, Coach Carter). Im not sure Id put it alongside Hoosiers, but Glory Road has a valuable message (how to fight ignorance), strong performances (a nice job here by each of the ensemble cast), and a revealing story pertinent to our times. What's more, someone at sometime said, Lets make this family-friendly.

Devoid of crudity or exploitive sexuality, the film centers on its messages how to overcome bigotry and how to play the game of life. That said, director James Gartner never forgets his goal to entertain. He and writers Christopher Cleveland and Bettina Gilois infuse their story with humor, lively pacing and a love of the sport. Glory Road is moving, thoughtful and always involving.

Disney scores! (Forgive me, Im a critic, Im supposed to say things like that.)

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (4) times the N-word is used, as well as the derogatory word cracker, but they are used to show ignorance and frustration

Obscene Language: One time (B.S. is said, but even then, only the initials are used, the words are not uttered). Twice (two minor expletives).

Profanity: None

Violence: One time moderate (a man is beaten by bigots)

Sex: Few times mild (man and woman kiss repeatedly)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: a couple of times mild (the guys make a comment concerning pretty women)

Drugs: Few times moderate (team members are seen drinking in a bar)

Other: The subject of bigotry is addressed

Running Time: 109 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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