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Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Inspiring docu on NBA star has some salty language.

Movie NR 2014 106 minutes
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This documentary presents a complete portrait of Dirk Nowitzki's life and career, and what led him to take his team to the NBA Championship. The successes and victories, the hard work and dedication, the positive testimonials are common throughout, but the documentary avoids being simply a fluff piece and is unafraid to bring up the losses and intense media and fan scrutiny during the low times of Nowitzki's career, as well as his misfortune in being temporarily engaged to a con artist, and his mentor's brief stint in prison for tax evasion.

On the whole, Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot shows the importance of willpower in order to achieve success. It also shows the positive impact of a mentor -- in Nowitzki's case, a former athlete and physicist named Holger Geschwinder, who uses applied physics and computer technology in his "Institute for Applied Nonsense" to help Nowitzki achieve maximum success on the court. Testimonials from team owners, teammates, players from rival teams, members of the Mavericks' front office, as well as from loved ones help to create the image of a young man from Germany who overcame obstacles in language, culture, and the common perception from American media that European players are "soft" to become one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history.

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