1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story
Dreary sports drama based on true story has mature themes.
1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
An Inspirational Story
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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?
- In theaters: March 4, 2014
- On DVD or streaming: February 3, 2016
- Cast: Beau Bridges, David Henrie, Jean Louisa Kelly
- Director: Michael Levine
- Studio: Gettysburg Great
- Genre: Drama
- Run time: 97 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: March 1, 2023
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