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Winning Time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fun, flashy sports biopic has cursing, sex, smoking, drugs.

TV HBO Drama 2022
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

The age rating here is completely bogus and wrong -- parents, beware

Common Sense Media, y'all missed the boat on this one. The amount of gratuitous sex and cursing is just excessive and frankly unnecessary, and I am a parent who has a pretty liberal view of these things. There is absolutely no good reason for anyone who is not a young adult to watch this. And it's completely out of line with other movies that include sex -- to name just one, you say Bull Durham should be watched by people 17 and older! But that movie handles sex, and frankly love, in a much more subtle, respectful way than anything in this series. You need to fix this. I'm disappointed.

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Based on a bestselling book by Jeff Pearlman, this fun limited series tells the story of Dr. Buss, Magic Johnson, and the Lakers, with some creative license. It's billed as a sports biopic, but reaches out to a wider audience by making it less about basketball, and more about what Los Angeles culture was like in the 1980s. Yes, it centers on some of the colorful individuals responsible for the success of the NBA team, as well as some of their friends, family, and rivals, many played by top actors like Sally Field and Adam Brody. However, it presents this story as an uneven combination of flashy visuals and fast-paced banter in which characters often break the fourth wall (ie. speak to the audience directly), and mixes it in with dry humor and deeper, more serious moments. As a result, it's easy to forget that the sport is supposed to be at the center of it all. Basketball fans looking for a series that concentrates on the game will be disappointed. However, those simply looking to be entertained will find Winning Time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty engaging.

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