More Than A Game

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +4

Content: +3

LeBron James, Dru Joyce II. Written by Kristopher Belman, Brad Hogan. Directed by Kristopher Belman.

FILM SYNOPSIS:† Five talented young basketball players from Akron , Ohio are featured in this coming of age documentary about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player's father, and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the "Fab Five's" improbable nine-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested--both on and off the court--as James' exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything they've set out to achieve together. The documentary combines a series of unforgettable one-on-one interviews with rare news footage, never-before-seen home videos, and personal family photographs to bring this heart-wrenching and wholly American story to life.

PREVIEW REVIEW:† I must be honest, Iím not a big fan of most competitive sports Ė other than womenís volleyball. (We wonít go there.)† In high school, while buddies were going out for football, I expressed myself through theatre, where I fell in love with each of my leading ladies and never had to sweat.† But Iím betting that whether you are a sports enthusiast or more like me, youíll find More Than A Game a most satisfying movie-going experience.† Itís been called an uplifting version of Hoop Dreams.† Wish Iíd said it, for thatís exactly what it is, an uplifting take on urban trials.† It summarizes whatís important in life and spotlights how easy it is to get off track.

We see these young men come up from obscurity, unite as an extended family, and choose to use the sport as a vehicle.† As their coach offers them at the filmís opening, ďuse it, donít let it use you.Ē† When fame starts to take center stage, these youngsters quickly learn how the spotlight can blind you concerning relationships and derail a dream.† Itís a 90-some minute life lesson: be dedicated, work with others, help others, be humble, be grateful, be forgiving, be strong, and enjoy the ride.

Iíve seen a lot of sports bios as a film reviewer, even enjoyed a few of them, but More Than A Game is one of the best, if not the best.† It exemplifies the true nature of athletics and for us Christians, it offers up sports figures who profess a faith in Christ.† Itís about facing adversities, itís about fathers and sons, itís even about faith.† Clean, insightful and entertaining, More Than A Game may even make a sports fan out of me.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: A few minor expletives, but I caught no harsh language.

Profanity: None

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Above

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