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The Rebound

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Inspiring docu about wheelchair basketball players; cursing.

Movie NR 2016 76 minutes
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While this is certainly a "feel good" sports documentary, this overused term doesn't really do this movie justice. The ultimate message comes through not in genre classifications or even in the words of the players. The message comes through the strongest in how the players on the Miami Heat Wheels play the game. There are so many times when the players are knocked on their sides while fighting for the ball during a rebound, falls that look and sound like they could knock the wind out of anyone, and yet, they immediately and quite literally bounce back up and get back in the game. It's an extraordinary thing to see, so much so that the awareness of the players as "wheelchair athletes" fades into the background and instead, they're simply athletes.

These bounce-backs from the paint are the perfect representation of the larger story and message this documentary tells. The players' difficulties and challenges are real, but there's a resilience that drives them to get back up and out there. And how these players are applying what they have learned through basketball to other facets of their life, and how they truly believe that anything is possible with enough work, determination, and perseverance, is what really comes through. The Rebound is a sports documentary that's so much more than a Rocky-style montage or ESPN highlight reel.

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