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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Inspiring documentary for older teens and adults.

Movie R 2005 86 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Sports and friendship

The filme shows how sport can give a new meaning to live specially for those who had their lives turned upside down by an accident and became diseabled. The value of friendship is also some of the positive messages of the film.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Rowdy and inspiring, this documentary provides multiple perspectives on what it's like to play quad rugby. The players see themselves as gladiators, and Rubin's innovative camerawork suggests why, alternating between long shots of the arena (bodies and chairs crashing into each other, barreling down the court, scoring and spinning) and close, "wheelchair cam" shots that emphasize the intimacy of all this speed and aggression.

The community of quads -- and potential rugby players -- is not limited to those who have suffered illness or freak accidents. Instead, Murderball suggests, war (and the improved technologies that allow troops to survive devastating wounds) extends the community. It's a smart, sensitive coda for this saga of survival.

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