Parents' Guide to

Warriors of Liberty City

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature content, inspiring themes in compelling docuseries.

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Produced by LeBron James, this compelling and dramatic show oscillates between emotional extremes to enlighten and inspire viewers for whom Liberty City's realities are foreign. It introduces by name a handful of players, family members, and coaches presumably representative of the broader community as a whole. Among them are ex-convicts working hard for better lives for their families, kids whose reality includes parents behind bars and childhood friends lost to gun violence, coaches who look to turn personal disappointment into players' inspiration, and girls with big dreams who feel overlooked by people who only see where they're from rather than who they are.

Warriors of Liberty City is a documentary within a documentary of sorts. It spans a football season, following the ups and downs of several different teams within the Warriors program, but it also speaks to the broader community's challenges in providing kids with a place to feel safe, supported, and inspired amid influences like gangs and violence. It is a story of optimism defying the odds of reality, and you find yourself rooting for not just the fresh-faced gridiron hopefuls but also their parents, their siblings, their coaches, and an entire neighborhood.

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