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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Thoughtful sports docu will inspire young basketball fans.

Movie PG 2014 88 minutes
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Jeremy Lin is an inspiration for any young basketball player. He loves God and the game!!

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Great messages
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Great movie!

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Great messages
Great role models

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The movie is thoughtful and family-focused, and Jeremy Lin seems like an ideal athlete for young basketball fans to admire and respect. The story of Lin's rise to fame is well known and was exhaustively covered in 2012. The American-born middle son of Taiwanese immigrants, he grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., and went on to play at Harvard before ending up in the NBA and eventually having a series of games that most professional athletes can only dream about. But what the documentary shows is how Lin didn't go to Harvard because that was his dream; his dream was to get drafted to play professional ball. He had hoped to attend Stanford or Berkeley or another Division 1 college, but none of them seemed interested in him, despite his being a first-team, All State player.

As a devout Christian, Lin considers his talent a gift from God, and the documentary includes several interviews with his family's minister to explain how Lin's faith carried him through the more difficult aspects of his journey to the NBA. He always had the talent and the drive, but, time and time again, Lin had to face and overcome disappointment. Every time he showed up on a court, odds were he'd have to deal with the opposing team's fans (or players) hurling racial epithets and insensitive jokes.

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