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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Documentary shows power of determination, perseverance both on and off basketball court for team of wheelchair athletes. Teamwork is emphasized.
Positive Role Models
Wheelchair athletes on Miami Heat Wheels find ways to succeed, win both on and off court. When funding is drastically cut, they organize car washes to raise money. They spend hours each day working out, practicing. They pursue their dreams of victory in National Wheelchair Basketball Association, pursue dreams of competing at collegiate level, earning degrees, performing live music.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the men interviewed were paralyzed due to gun violence; they speak of incidents that led to them being confined in wheelchair. Players are knocked on their sides while fighting for the ball.
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Infrequent profanity: "f--k," "bulls--t," "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Rebound is a 2016 documentary about the challenges and victories of the wheelchair athletes playing for the Miami Heat Wheels both on and off the court. The men on the team who are interviewed talk about the gun violence or car accidents that resulted in them being paralyzed. The film has infrequent profanity, including "f--k," "bulls--t," and "damn." While the documentary is centered on the challenges these wheelchair athletes have faced in their daily lives and the difficulties in keeping the team together, the bigger story that emerges concerns how much can be accomplished in life with a positive attitude and a strong desire to succeed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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