1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Dreary sports drama based on true story has mature themes.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Hard work and determination pay off. Use your experiences -- good and bad -- to help others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cory never gives up and fights against unbelievable odds. Instead of becoming bitter, he learns to be positive and use his experience to help others.


Cory has a stroke, collapses, and almost dies in the hospital. He later convulses and has seizures. His therapist asks him if he's suicidal.


A few kisses between a married couple and a college-age couple; some mild flirting and talk about relationships.


"You suck"; "you're acting like a glitch."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

College students hold plastic cups at a party that could hold beer, but it's never clear what they're drinking. Cory takes prescription medication and talks about it making him feel fuzzy.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story is a sports-centered family drama based on the true story of a college basketball star who experiences a stroke and fights against incredible odds to rebuild his life. Although it's not graphic, there are scenes of Cory near death in the hospital and later violently convulsing from seizures, which may be disturbing for young viewers. There's also some mature discussion among adults about death, depression, and Cory's ongoing recovery, which includes intense physical therapy and surgeries. Language includes "you suck." College students hold plastic cups at a party that could be beer, but it's never clear what they're drinking. There are some positive messages about perseverance and helping others.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 2, 7, and 8-year-old Written byaaronm5 July 20, 2016

An Inspirational Story

I love sports movies, and while this one really had very little action in the sports area, it was still a great and inspiring story. The story drew me in and m... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byThatgirloverthere April 25, 2017


I honestly think that the movie was great because it made it extremely clear that it's possible to overcome an obstacle and reach your goal

What's the story?

After scoring 1,000 points in high school, freshman Cory (David Henrie) is looking forward to a promising college basketball career under the guidance of a supportive coach (Beau Bridges) until he collapses unexpectedly after having a stroke. Although he's unable to use his left side and the prognosis isn't good, he doggedly begins physical therapy with the help of his mother, a physical therapist. But as Cory struggles to put his life back together and go back to school, he grapples with depression, an uphill recovery, and finding new meaning in his life beyond basketball.

Is it any good?

Even fans of basketball may find it hard to stick with this somewhat dreary sports movie. Although it has a positive message and ends on a high note, most of 1000 TO 1: THE CORY WEISSMAN STORY is a boring trudge through physical therapy appointments and setbacks to Cory's recovery. Too much focus is spent on Cory's physical condition and recovery, and the thin, formulaic plot isn't enough to hold most viewers' interest.

Parents looking for a clean sports movie and a positive role model may be fans. But tweens who are old enough for the subject matter may find it hard to get into the plot, even if they're rooting for Cory.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sports movies. Why do people find sports movies so inspiring? Are you inspired by sports movies in general and Cory's story in particular?

  • After his stroke, Cory has to decide if he's defined by being a basketball player or if there's more to him than his skill at sports. Do you think people should be defined by one characteristic? Why, or why not?

  • Do you like movies about real people? Why, or why not?

  • What's your favorite sports movie? Why is it your favorite?

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