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More Than a Game (2008)

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This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.

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Kristopher Belman
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Cast

Credited cast:
LeBron James ... Himself
Dru Joyce ... Himself
Romeo Travis Romeo Travis ... Himself
Sian Cotton Sian Cotton ... Himself
Willie McGee Willie McGee ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Connor Flynn Connor Flynn ... Fan at Gund Arena
Clavacia Smith Clavacia Smith ... Himself
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This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.

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More than a team - More than a coach See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language and incidental smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Mais do Que Um Jogo See more »

Filming Locations:

Akron, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$182,943, 4 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$944,527, 20 November 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Soundtracks

Lights Camera Action!
Performed by Mr. Cheeks
Written by Leonard Caston, Bink (as Roosevelt Harrell), Mr. Cheeks (as Terrance Kelly),
Anita Poree, Frank Wilson
Courtesy of Universal Records
Contains a sample of "Keep on Truckin' (Part 1)"
Performed by Eddie Kendricks
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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More than a Game? Not really...
25 January 2014 | by adpjanSee all my reviews

I was told to watch this documentary for my screen writing class. I must say, horrible, horrible movie. All around, one of the worst things I could have watched. I must admit that I am not a big sports fan, but there are many sports movies and documentaries that I do really enjoy. But those films had, well, a story to them. I know what writer/director Kristopher Belman was thinking. 'Let's just throw a bunch of crap together and star LeBron in it and it'll sell big. Hell, it worked for the Justin Bieber documentary!' I don't know who's rating this movie so high... It's insane.

More than a Game is a movie starring LeBron James during his high school years, and some other unmemorable, annoyingly cocky basketball players who just dominate everyone they play basketball against in. Then, of course, they get to play in the national championship game. As a side note, to captivate us as a movie audience, we need to cheer for an underdog in movies. Movies such as Miracle, Rocky, Rudy, The Mighty Ducks, Major League, Warrior, etc, were all movies about the underdog and out-heart the competition. It's what makes a movie enjoyable! No one cheered for the overly cocky champ Apollo Creed in Rocky. No one cheered for the Russians in Miracle. I don't even think the Russians did!

As an added bonus, we get to hear each of the kids struggles of growing up in the ghetto, and their courage to keep playing basketball against all odds. I'm not sure if anyone cares about that, because I sure do not. Maybe I'm heartless, but these guys make it so easy to cheer for their opposition. There really is not one good quality I could find in any of these kids, besides not being crack addicts. But if they were, I'm sure this film would be much more enjoyable.

I gave this movie a 2 out of 10 simply because I got to watch the whole thing in one sitting without jabbing my eyes out of my skull. Though i was quite tempted. Only the biggest LeBron fans will enjoy this movie. Don't waste your time.


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