More Than A Game

Directed By: Kristopher Belman


If you’re going to follow a bunch of inner city kids as they attend a “white” school, and going to follow them for several years, make sure one of them is Lebron James.

Set in Akron, Ohio, we see this group of kids grow and bond as they achieve success and suffer failure. Sure, it’s the stuff of many a sports doc, but this one has a particular edge because of the subject. By following this phenom and his compatriots as they rise in basketball stature, we see what’s required (or absent) in trying to ground these kids through the travails of high school and the sport they play.

This is a feel good story, and lacks some of the scope and drama of Hoop Dreams, but it’s a remarkable tale providing a joyous look at some great nascent basketball from the man who would be called “King James”.

Grade: A-


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