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The film focuses heavily on the theme of perseverance in the face of obstacles.
Positive Role Models
Curry is a strong role model for kids, especially those in sports, when it comes to demonstrating how persevering can lead to reaching your goals (and even achieving greatness).
Most of the film is focused on Stephen Curry and the Curry family -- who are Black -- and both NBA and former college basketball players, several of whom are also Black. The film's focus is on Curry's rise to fame in men's basketball, so it's perhaps unsurprising that few women are present outside of Curry's family. Director Peter Nicks is mixed-race.
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Infrequent language includes "damn," "s--t," and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
The NBA is prominent, and Curry is a brand unto himself at this point.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents should know that Stephen Curry: Underrated is a documentary about NBA superstar Steph Curry and his rise to prominence after he overcame obstacles in high school and college. The film focuses on the importance of perseverance, particularly in the realm of sports. Expect infrequent use of words including "f--k" and "s--t," as well as some social drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This well-made documentary might be a must-see if you're a die-hard Golden State Warriors and/or Steph Curry fan. But otherwise, Stephen Curry: Underrated isn't as gripping as other sports documentaries, largely because the obstacles Curry faces are rather mild. Yes, he struggled with getting coaches and teams to look beyond his weight and height, but he also came from relative privilege, since his father used to play for the NBA, and Curry was able to learn the game directly from the source. These factors don't make Curry's personal issues any less meaningful, but they do make his rise to the league feel easier than it was for others, even with his physical situation working against him.
On top of that, the film feels a little long, clocking in at nearly two hours. It's true that Curry has changed the game of basketball in his own way, but sometimes his story comes off as less relatable than the filmmakers probably wanted it to.
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