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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Taches kids a little about speed cubing, as well as important lessons about friendship and competition.
It takes hard work and hours of practice to become good at something. Losing is an inevitable part of competing. Gracious winning and losing are both important.
Positive Role Models
Max works hard at improving his skills and learns how to be a good friend. Feliks shows his generosity, warmth, good sportsmanship, and decency every time he competes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Speed Cubers is a short documentary by Sue Kim about the world of competitive Rubik's Cube speed solving. Two leading solvers are profiled, with the film evolving into a story of friendship and growth, decency and generosity, and overcoming hardships. The seemingly greatest speed cuber of all time is 17-year-old Max Park, a young Californian competitor with autism. His parents, who encouraged his gift for cubing, hoped participating in competitions would help him learn social and emotional skills. Thanks to his friendship with the world champion he unseated, Max took away far more from the experience than they could ever have imagined. This is an inspirational movie that will appeal to all ages. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This begins as a typical documentary about dedicated kids competing under high pressure, but almost immediately becomes so much more. Director Kim offers an emotional, inspiring, uplifting story about overcoming obstacles, about parental wisdom and devotion, and about friendship between rivals who love each other. As The Speed Cubers describes, speed cubing requires cubers apply the mind-boggling ability to apply hundreds of algorithms in seconds as they combine that skill with extraordinary digital dexterity. Cubing fans may also enjoy Why We Cube: A Speedcubing Documentary and Cubers. Feliks Zemdegs hosts a YouTube channel on cubing tips and a website, CubeSkills, offering tutorials on how to solve Rubik's Cubes.
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