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Venus and Serena

By Corrina Antrobus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Intimate tennis docu has language, references to racism.

Movie PG-13 2013 99 minutes
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Despite the meat thrown at this subject, and the radiant personalities of both Williams sisters, this documentary fails to offer much relish. Venus and Serena shimmies from one subject to the next often leaving more questions than answers. The film does boast a host of A-listers, including Spike Lee, Anna Wintour, Victoria Azarenka, and Bill Clinton, all of whom discuss the cultural impact the pair have had. Meanwhile, extended family members are brought to the mix to illuminate their strong family ties and loving personalities when not hitting balls over a net.

The Williams sisters' personal lives and their uphill journeys are just as interesting as their professional triumphs -- particularly their relationships to fame and fortune, the ambitions of their father, and their ambiguous love lives. Yet despite the array of talking heads involved, these subjects are only softly probed and politely glossed over. Perhaps the biggest revelation we learn is how much Serena loves karaoke … and how much better she is at tennis than singing!

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