If you’re interested in a heart-warming story of triumph in the face of adversity, look no further than More Than A Game. The film echoes the sentiments of the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, by following five young basketball players, and their pursuit for a high school national championship. The story is inspiring, uplifting, and features NBA phenomenon Lebron James like you’ve never seen him before.

Check out our review of More Than A Game

The Players:

  • Director: Kristopher Belman
  • Writers: Kristopher Belman, Brad Hogan
  • Producers: Harvey Mason Jr., Kristopher Belman, Matthew Perniciaro, Kevin Mann
  • Actors: Lebron James, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, Romeo Travis, Coach Dru Joyce II

The Plot:

More Than a Game centers on the real life story of five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio who develop a personal bond during their pursuit for a national title. A nine-year journey, takes the group from a decrepit inner city gym to the doorstep of championship gold, while highlighting the trials and tribulations they face along the way. They’re repeatedly tested both on and off the court as future NBA star Lebron James’ unparalleled talent explodes into worldwide celebrity threatening to destroy everything they set out to achieve as a team.

The Good:

  • Fab Five: Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t a Lebron James movie. It’s not even close, and to be honest that’s a good thing! The film sheds a light on the deep rooted friendships and the family-like bond that is often shared between teammates. Each primary team member gets well-deserved screen time and each player’s story is told on par with the rest.
  • Honesty: The honesty put forth by each individual involved with this film is what truly makes it great. All the mistakes along the way are well accounted for, forcing you to invest in the players and coaches on a personal level. Many of the struggles faced in this movie are more than relevant to everyday people outside the arena of sports.
  • New Insight: For fans of James, this movie offers a lot of never before seen footage of the athlete that help shed a new light on his larger than life persona. It’s no secret that he had a rough childhood but this movie shows a side of him that we rarely see.

The Bad:

  • Plot: While this is a real life story and the movie doesn’t run long (102 min) some parts of it dragged, while others weren’t long enough. While it’s natural for some player’s stories to get more screen time than others, near the end as everything culminated toward the finale, it felt like some parts were glazed over and rushed.
  • Cliche’s: While the story is unique in the sense that it’s a documentary, that doesn’t mean it completely stray away from sports cliche’s. As soon as you sit down to watch, you know the outcome of the movie. It’s important to remember that this film is about the journey not the destination of these players.
  • Non-Sports Fans: Whether this movie will hold up with non-sports fans is a matter of personal opinion. If you like your heartstrings tugged from time to time, this could be the movie for you, but I could easily see people getting lost in the action of what’s going on and becoming disinterested.


More Than a Game is a solid documentary that’s produced in an honest and forthright way. It illustrates the growth and development of one of the most famous athletes of today’s generation. This proves to be a great film for those of you who are sports enthusiasts, and an entertaining piece for those who aren’t.

Rating: 7.0/10

Check out the film in theaters everywhere October 2nd!

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