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The Green Wave

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Inspiring basketball docu has emotional intensity, language.

Movie NR 2020 81 minutes
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This is an inspiring story about an inspiring high school basketball coach who tragically died far too soon. The Green Wave is a low-budget sports documentary that reveals the profound and far-reaching effects a positive role model can have on the lives of youths. Louis Mulkey, the subject of this documentary, was a captain in the Charleston, South Carolina Fire Department, a basketball coach for Summerville High School, and a man who cared about bringing out the best in those he coached, and not only on the basketball court. The documentary is filled with the testimonials of former players whose lives were touched by Coach Mulkey, and there's so much heartfelt emotion in these stories, the sincerity of this project usually transcends the movie's shortcomings.

Probably the biggest shortcoming is an issue all-too-prevalent in low-budget sports documentaries like these: an overreliance on "rousing" orchestral background music on a steady and infinite loop. It's a mystery as to why sports documentary filmmakers feel like they need to have generic and bombastic stringed overtures playing behind interviews that don't need that extra bit of emotional oomph to drive the points home. There's also a nagging sense that some context is left out of this, or merely hinted at. Still, it's an earnest tribute to a man who clearly made a positive difference in the lives of those around him.

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