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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 22, 2012

hoop dreams

Families can talk about the experiences of William Gates and Arthur Agee both on and off the high school basketball court. How are William and Arthur's high school experiences different? How are they the same? How do their family environments both help and hurt each of them? Why do other young people -– particularly young black men –- find themselves in similar situations? What do you think about the boys' long-term goals? What would you have done differently? How are their predicaments similar and different to other children in inner cities across the United States?
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 September 19, 2014

The greatest sports documentary, bar none

Whereas the Oscar winner from a couple years back, "Undefeated," focused primarily on the efforts of the coach, this documentary is laboriously devoted to uncovering the lives of two young adult black males eyeing for a dream to play in the NBA. Tracking their entire high school career as basketball players, sons, partners, students, teenagers, "Hoop Dreams" allows you to peek behind the curtain of urban life in a way I found utterly fascinating. Kids will be detracted by the nearly three hour running time, but it's a worthwhile investment, as you see Arthur and William come of age along with their families. It's an achievement that doubtfully will go matched. For your children, who should see this as they're coming of age themselves, it provides a great message to never give up on your dreams, even if you have to pick yourselves up sometimes.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing