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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Provocative sports movie on amateur athletics; cursing.

Movie NR 2018 96 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+


has a few swear words but nothing to bad

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This movie is like a fictionalized version of the acclaimed 30 for 30 series on ESPN. Through the story of a young basketball prodigy, the movie explores many of the debates surrounding amateur collegiate sports. Should amateur athletes be paid, especially those athletes whose families are struggling to make ends meet as the college and athletic program they represent rake in millions on their talent? How young is too young to "brand" athletes with endorsement deals? Should young athletes representing their school be given easier course loads since they need more time to practice if the school wants to win?

Amateur addresses these concerns while also including the action and inherent drama, excitement, and fun that cause people to follow sports of all kinds in the first place. While there are moments in the story that feel a little too forced and unnatural, the acting, action, and humor keep the audience fully engaged. And there's a believability to Terron as he tries to balance all these demands -- some of a more personal nature, such as a learning disability, as well as the public challenges of being a prodigious basketball talent -- that reveals a deep understanding of character growth and development.

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