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More Than a Game

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspirational basketball documentary is OK for young fans.

Movie PG 2009 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Great for Middle School viewers

It is appropriate and teaches kids a good lesson. My middle school classes enjoyed it, for the most part, especially the students who love sports and LeBron James.
age 9+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The movie isn't particularly imaginative or artistic in its presentation. But while an ordinary documentary probably would have focused exclusively on the achievements of NBA superstar LeBron James, More Than a Game gives equal time to James' teammates and their own trials and tribulations. Director Kristopher Belman uses the usual collection of talking heads, video clips, and computer-enhanced photographs; however, the skilled editing eventually brings out the personalities of all five players, adding an emotional stake to the footage of key games, such as the diminutive Dru Joyce III's first freshman game, the junior year championship game, or the crucial period during which James was benched.

Bottom line? More Than a Game is a class act, keeping the story clean and upright but not shying away from the players' difficult origins and the realities therein.

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