7 November 2001 | vidalia15
Sanitized, yet heartfelt and effective biopic
They Call Me Sirr is the story of Sirr Parker's rise to football stardom, after battling a childhood that seemed destined to keep him a victim of both the poverty and crime around him, and of his own broken family.
Virtually abandoned by his mother at an early age, the film is tremendously effective in showing Sirr's inner conflict to pursue a promising football career versus staying home to care for his grandmother and younger brother. Mainly due to the support of his family and friends and his own growing need to realize his true athletic talent, he struggles to realize his dream.
The choice to make the film a mostly family affair was a good one, despite its sanitized look and feel. The lack of expletives and other expected profanities seems unrealistic. Yet, in its place we are given a heartfelt and extremely even story about a boy who is able to rise above the turmoil of the environment around him. Most importantly, it is a message picture for kids in attempting to show them that with hard work, perseverance and the caring people around them, it is possible to be successful in life, rather than succomb to the victim mentality.
Performances by all are noteworthy, especially Sirr's character, played with conviction by Kente Scott. Michael Clarke Duncan is also memorable as Coach Griffin, a man whose mission in life is to create only the best of players, yet human enough to attempt to help heal their inner wounds.
A memorable biopic with a soul.