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Shooting Stars

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Well-acted basketball biopic has language, teen drinking.

Movie PG-13 2023 116 minutes
Shooting Stars: The LeBron James story movie poster:  image of basketball players on the court

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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

What it truly means to be Friends

This movie showed, growth, success, friendships, perseverance, compassion, courage, love for others. I also had a number of tearful moments throughout this movie. The roles were played by pretty close look a likes. Thanks for sharing with us Lebron.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

Family friendly movie and a must see film

This movie obviously was directed with excellence with a good cast as well. I actually felt this movie compared to others. Congrats on a successful film ❤️

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This high-spirited film introduces a group of young actors with great potential and offers an original and entertaining take on a well-known celebrity. What's especially appealing about Shooting Stars is its focus on LeBron and friends as kids and teenagers. It's refreshing for a sports biopic not to try to glorify or romanticize its subjects. Beyond their special and hard-earned skills, LeBron and his buddies come across as regular kids with typical teen concerns, and the film gives them space to do that. Director Robinson relies on the charm and chemistry of his young cast, led by endearing newcomer Cook and a powerful McLaughlin (of Stranger Things' fame).

Robinson and cinematographer Karsten Gopinath throw in some flashy camerawork that feels distracting at first but later, especially during fast-paced games when the camera is on the floor following the players, it makes sense. Similarly, the soundtrack starts off with heavy-handed instrumental music that gives way to contemporary tunes the characters themselves listen to. In the switch, the music contributes to rather than distracts from the characterizations. It's the film's focus on friendship and identity that makes this combo sports and high school/male bonding movie a rewarding and enjoyable watch.

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