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Hard work, skill, accountability, discipline, perseverance, teamwork, family support, and leadership all played a role in the unique and long-lived professional career and success of Parker.
Positive Role Models
Parker says his father taught him discipline and character, and that he gets his optimism and confidence from his American side, and his realism and self awareness from his European side. His mental endurance allowed him to withstand tough coaching and the highs and lows of his career. His physical perseverance helped him excel at his sport despite being relatively short in stature and despite a major injury. He and former teammates address some of the arrogance he was known for in his younger days. His success has made him an icon in both San Antonio and France. He aims to have an impact on French youth in his post-professional career.
Violence & Scariness
Parker suffered a knee injury that derailed his career for nearly a year. We see him in pain, in physical therapy, and with some serious scars up and down his leg. Some pushing and fouls in the long-running Spain-France on-court rivalry are seen.
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"S--t." The film is largely in French with English subtitles.
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Products & Purchases
Teams like the San Antonio Spurs, the LA Lakers, the Charlotte Hornets, the Miami Heat. The NBA, the Olympics. Sponsors like Nike, Peak, Adidas, Spectrum, AT&T, Kia. Parker has expansive homes in both San Antonio, Texas (complete with outdoor water slide park) and Lyon, France. He now owns two basketball teams in France.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Players spray champagne on each other after championship wins. Adults drink at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tony Parker: The Final Shot is a French documentary with English subtitles (some interviews are in English) that offers an inspirational portrait of a unique player. Parker is profiled by those who know him best and have worked or played with or against him since he was a teenager. The film suggests his success stems not just from hard work and skill but also discipline, perseverance, teamwork, family support, and natural leadership abilities. He talks about getting the "best of both worlds" from having a European mom and an American dad, and we see how his French nationality has informed his character, pioneering career, professional goals, and personal life. A near career-ending knee injury in 2017 is discussed in depth, as are his earliest days in the game, his NBA draft, his relationships on and off the court, his retirement, and his post-pro plans. The word "s--t" is used. Players spray champagne on each other after championship wins. Adults drink at a party. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Tony Parker: The Final Shot follows on the Nike heels of the popular Michael Jordan miniseries The Last Dance. While this French-made documentary may not hold as much interest for non-fans of the sport, Parker was one of the NBA's top players for years and a pioneer for European athletes in the United States. The film maintains a brisk pace and offers some insights into both the career trajectory of a pro player and some of the personal details that fueled Parker's success. He's portrayed as a uniquely skilled player and a family man with a long-term vision of the impact he can have around the world even now in his post-professional career.
Comments from Michael Jordan, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant (to whose memory the film is dedicated) offer their takes on the friendly and mutually-respectful rivalries they had with Parker. But some of the more revelatory pieces of the film are comments from Parker's friends, including French teammates from as far back as his teen years, and family about his upbringing in France and the significance for him of playing for the French national team. His parents -- a Dutch mother and an American father who played professionally in Europe and raised Parker and his two brothers in France -- offer a lot of insight into where Parker's discipline and emotional resilience come from.
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