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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate. However, there are a number of positive messages that younger viewers can learn from.
The movie teaches the importance of teamwork, perseverance, sacrifice, and staying true to yourself. It also acknowledges the difference between being supportive and putting people under pressure. Encourages pursuing ones dreams.
Positive Role Models
Both Heather and Heidi are competitive to the point that they try to sabotage each other. Sometimes Heather behaves arrogantly and Heidi jealously, but they learn to support each other. Other members of the team bully them because of their talent and because they have less money, causing Heidi to lie about where they live in order to fit in. The twins' mother, Mary, is caring and puts their wellbeing first, both encouraging them and consoling them. But their father, Larry, puts pressure on them to prioritize sport in order to get a college scholarship.
Violence & Scariness
Players occasionally target each other on the basketball court, elbowing and knocking people to the ground. One scene involves a fall and a badly twisted ankle, as well as an injured arm.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One scene of playful flirtation between members of the girls' basketball team and the school jock.
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Occasional derogatory terms such as "geek" and "weird."
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Products & Purchases
The neighborhood of Heather and Heidi's new school is rich and there are large mansions with pools and expensive cars.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Double Teamed is a family sports-drama Disney TV movie inspired by the real-life story of the Burge twins, who went on to play professional basketball in the WNBA. The movie traces their school days, where the girls are competitive with each other. For example, Heather (Poppi Monroe) often puts her sister, Heidi (Annie McElwain) down by saying "once second best, always second best." A lot of pressure is placed on them by their father, who forces them to move schools for better sports facilities, and doesn't allow Heidi to take part in a school play, signing her for basketball instead. There are instances of bullying on the team -- terms such as "geek" and "weird" are used -- and players elbow each other and knock each other to the ground. Though there is a lot of pressure, the movie is ultimately about hard work and dedication, and putting differences aside to support fellow players -- there is no winning without teamwork. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The movie follows the familiar story of a pushy parent walking the line between supporting their children's talent and taking over their life. Though Heather is clearly motivated from the start, Heidi is often portrayed as someone who may have chosen a different path for herself, which takes away from a straightforward "hard work pays off" or "triumph over adversity" narrative. The sports scenes are well executed, and the supporting cast score strong performances. But lazy stereotypes, such as the rich kid whose competitive nature stems from a lack of attention at home, makes the characters feel formulaic.
The main family fails to muster the energy that might have elevated Double Teamed, although the love-hate relationship between the sisters rings true. The plot dribbles along, rolling into clichés as it goes. But it's saved last-minute by a dramatic, high-stakes game in which characters make sacrifices and step up their performance to create a grand finale with a feel-good message and an inspirational nod to future success.
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