More Than a Game (2008)

PG   |    |  Documentary, Biography, Sport


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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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27 May 2010 | rasithrill
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| Worth It To See LeBron At An Early Age
If you know or care anything about high school hoops on a national level, there's one stretch of the truth that will jump out at you near the end of this movie -- that being the assertion that St. Vincent-St. Mary is playing in a national championship game in what was the senior season for LeBron James and the rest of the "Fab 4/5". Of course, there is no national championship game for high school hoops, at least, not like there is in college. LeBron and his crew won the Division II Ohio state championship as seniors, then would have had to be voted national champs in one or more polls. And I don't remember if they were consensus national champs; since it's all done by polls, it's possible one or more polls had some other team as its national champ that season.

Maybe that only means something to me because I'm a basketball fan. For everyone else it probably suffices to say that this is an entertaining film, if a bit thin on details and questionable at times in its accuracy. As basketball documentaries go, More Than A Game can't hold Hoop Dream's jock, but seeing action clips of LeBron as a youngsta make it worth the rental.

One last basketball junkie point: For my tastes the film makers should have gone into more detail about the LeBron-Carmelo Anthony HS matchup. It's glossed over a bit in this film so you don't get the sense of what a battle that game was between two good teams and two future NBA stars (36-8-5 and six steals for LeBron, 34-11-2 for Carmelo). Nor is it emphasized that LeBron and St. Vincent-St. Mary lost the game.

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The song "Forever" by rap artists Eminem, Drake, Kanye West and Lil Wayne was inspired by this film.


Soundtracks

I Am Somebody
Performed by
Jurassic 5
Written by Kenny Gamble, Roland Chambers, Akil (as Dante Givens), Soup (as Courtenay Henderson), Leon Huff, Cut Chemist, DJ Nu-Mark (as Mark Potsic), Chali 2na, Marc 7 (as Marc Stuart)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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Genres

Documentary | Biography | Sport

Details

Release Date:

16 October 2009

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Akron, Ohio, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$182,943 4 October 2009

Gross USA:

$950,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$960,387

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