Parents' Guide to

High Flying Bird

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Savvy sports drama about basketball politics; some cursing.

Movie NR 2019 90 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Wish they made sports films more like this!

This is a charmer of a film! A well written story that describes the business of basketball. Exquisitely acted and a plot that you need to work for. André Holland is inspired! A true talent and amazing artist. High Flying Bird is the type of sports film that we need.
age 9+

Soderbergh flies high with his iPhone!

Not my cuppa tea, as I expected. But I just wanted the movie to be more engaging for me in a way or another. Maybe more delving into the characters, or more focus on the rivalry the movie gave me a glimpse of would have made me more intrigued. That said, High Flying Bird is a quite solid sports movie that further proves that Soderbergh's new filmmaking technology works pretty well, and that he has plenty of buttons to push using this tech. It also proves that André Holland has a massive talent that should not be underestimated. (7/10)

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Is It Any Good?

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Spot-on, penetrating performances, insightful themes, and a vivid but unpretentious production overcome some minor deficiencies in this "basketball" drama that isn't about sports at all. High Flying Bird is what folks call a "talky" movie, this one is built on events driven by the character of the competing teams' players. And the filmmakers have a lot to say. Working from a script by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, Soderbergh and company tackle money, race, and the current unrest that dominates many elements of today's culture. There's a plot element that's meant to help define the hero's passion, but it's never really paid off. It doesn't matter so much because Ray's actions are more than motivated by current circumstances and the people who surround him. Netflix, with its wide audience base, is a good home for this film. Lots of people who like stories with bite and complexity will have a chance to see it.

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