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By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sincere but routine sports drama has mild cursing.

Movie NR 2016 104 minutes
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If there is to be a classic movie featuring the world of The Triathlon Competitor, it is yet to be made; this one tries hard, but fails to elicit any real drama or originality. There are some competent, even engaging performances. Director Jai Jamison, working on his first feature with a low budget and the heavy demands of photographing an event that covers expansive territory and is the most-populated international distance triathlon in the U.S., does admirably well given the story he's trying to tell. But story is the weakest element in Tri. From the outset, no one doubts that Natalie will achieve her goal. And, (Spoiler Alert) incorporating three separate characters fighting cancer as well as one with a devastating heart attack doesn't make up for the non-suspense at the core of the drama. It's slow-going, too, with plenty of pauses to allow conventional characters (the upbeat cancer patient, the grieving widower) to deliver wise but familiar messages about focus, gratitude, and acceptance. At best, the film is a nice introduction to the sport and what it means to commit to it.

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