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Full-Court Miracle

By Rich Phippen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Judaism and basketball combine in lightweight Disney drama.

Movie NR 2003 90 minutes
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It's unusual to see basketball and Judaism partnered up in such a way, and while the lessons are specific to Jewish history, they are universal in nature. The movie is based on a true story about an aging African American basketball player who is roped into helping out an under-performing team from a Jewish school in Philadelphia. The low-budget nature of the movie is abundantly clear, particularly in the stylized montage sequences and the special effects during the big finish.

Fortunately, Jones is convincing as Coach Carr, the player-turned-teacher, and Linz proves equally capable, despite his young years. Remarkably similar to 2005's Coach Carter -- but for kids -- Full-Court Miracle is a harmless, if forgettable tale of plucky underdogs and tenacious spirit with a side helping of ancient Jewish history.

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