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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's no elevator to success -- you have to take the stairs. Hard work doesn't always pay off, but success doesn't come without hard work and time. Believe in yourself and keep going. See beauty in the struggle.
Positive Role Models
The men interviewed demonstrate perseverance and resilience, with many enduring repeated setbacks to their desired careers. They also exhibit gratitude to family, God, coaches, girlfriends, and teammates who support them. Some have very serious religious faiths. They all talk about the mental toughness required to succeed in a competitive professional sport.
The players profiled in this film come from a diversity of backgrounds. Many are Black, some are mixed race, at least one has kids. One plays in Mexico City. Some discuss their religious faiths, mentioning God, reading the Koran, or discussing/demonstrating the rules and celebrations involved with Orthodox Judaism. They represent role models for kids, fans, and people in their own communities. A Black man makes a joke about having a "ghetto phone." Men say they hope to make enough money to "put food on the table" and support their families.
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Violence & Scariness
Athletes push their bodies, sometimes suffering injuries as a result of the game.
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Regular use of "f--k" as well as "s--t," "damn," "hell," and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
The NBA, the G League, satellite leagues, teams, sports brands, university names.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the documentary Destination NBA: A G League Odyssey profiles rising talents in the basketball world. A lot of swearing can be heard in interviews and on the court, including "f--k," as well as "s--t," "damn," "hell," and "ass." The men talk about the mental toughness and hard work that goes into professional-level training and play. They demonstrate perseverance and resilience, grappling with regular setbacks to their desired careers. Many serve as role models for fans and people in their communities. The players come from a diversity of backgrounds: many are Black, some are mixed race, at least one has kids, and several discuss their religious faiths, mentioning God, reading the Koran, or discussing/demonstrating the rules and celebrations involved with Orthodox Judaism. 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 is a slickly-made documentary with off-the-court insights into some up-and-coming players, but its interest may be limited to fans of basketball. Destination NBA: A G League Odyssey runs long for casual followers of the sport. It captures a moment's worth of rising players and offers genuine insight into their drive and what motivates them. All the players profiled come across as hardworking, sincere, and devoted to their craft and the people in their lives. Probably every one of them deserves the big break few will get. The film also serves as a deep dive into the G League and the various options for rising players aiming to make into the NBA.
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