MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -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
Sony Pictures

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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

Sex: 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

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: A couple of crude sexual comments

Drugs: Social drinking

Other: None

Running Time: 135 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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