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  • Amateur is a simple story that shows the struggles of a talented young basketball player to fit on his new team.This movie reports the corruption on basketball and the way that it has changed.The actors were great,the plot was emotional and really enjoyable.One thing I didn't like about this movie was that the pace of it because it was quite slow.But in general this movie is great and I recommend it.
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    The movie is very attractive and interesting, but it also has some things to correct.

    The film is about a very talented young basketballer, he has difficulties in terms of understanding numbers, which leads him to find new and different ways to communicate with his team and to understand everything from the plays to the scoreboards. The father of this boy is sick because he played many years in an american football team that of course left marks on him, at first it is difficult because his teammates make life impossible, but all this changes when he begins to play. Time later he learns that all his school grades are modified for his good, almost does not have to work to pass the subjects and this will not only be at his school but also at the university. All this is about to change the moment he finds out that his basketball coach bought him with the help of his father, the indignant boy records a conversation between the coach and his father where the truth is discovered, which leads to the total expulsion of the coach and the boy, that is, he will never be able to play basketball again, if not for a clever desicion of the boy who decides to become professional, in this way he would continue his career and he would get ahead along with his family thanks to his earnings.

    The key moment in the movie was the part where the boy finds out the truth about how he has been sold and decides to do something about it.

    I think script was interesting but it needed to have more information or be longer

    The movie flowed really well, it had good effects, but also it was so short so it finished abruptly.

    The costume was so good for the movie, you realaized what a real basketball team looks like.

    The movie was filmed in a really realistic location, because first you saw an amateur basketball court and then you get surprised looking at the real and professional basketball court.

    I think the soundtrack could be better because you didn´t feel involved in the movie at all because the sound was not right.

    In conclution the movie is so good, you can have fun watching it, but also its missing something important that it should have, or they spend too much time explaining something thats easy to understand.
  • fmwongmd13 January 2019
    A somewhat befuddled storyline; somewhat good acting by Michael Ranney Jr..
  • I wanted this to be so much more than it was. Not much weight to its construction and some might even say it lacks genuine feel for the game or the struggle of being a modern student athlete.
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    This movie had all of the right ingredients for a powerful message, but failed to stick together in time for the final product.

    This kid had severe Dyscalculia, where he depends on blocks in incrementing sizes to correlate numbers with it's context. Even worse, he is at the level where he needs someone to interpret the scoreboard for him. There are references to athletes like Kobe or Lebron who made it to the pros without focusing on academics. Those two players did not make it to the top as dumb jocks. They have athleticism AND intelligence.

    So this 8th grade kid comes out of nowhere and attends a school with competitive sports program, and even makes his way into a starting spot within a day of joining. Somehow this team improves because of him and they are in the spotlight, and even receive upgrades to their equipment.

    Then there is his father whose hopes of being a professional athlete got derailed and suffers long term affects of a concussion. The kid is somehow convinced his dreams to be a professional athlete will come true, and that his father was destined to suffer his own fate. If this was not delusional, the father pushes his child to enter this student-athlete system and out smart it.

    While all of this is happening, this kid got a look under the hood of this student-athlete process, records a conversation and posts it on social media, and that's the end of his journey. After all that, the moral of the story is, schools use student-athletes, and these said students get nothing in return.

    There is no development of character! If a boy wants to be a professional basketball player, wouldn't it be helpful to at the very least be able to read the scoreboard? This movie implies it's okay to ignore academics if it is considered acceptable.

    It is sad how kids get baited into becoming a student-athlete, but this case has a living example of what it's like to be one and not succeed. How can they now learn from this?
  • gf-789 April 2018
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    The storyline and acting are as square as can be. The slow mo gameplay footage clearly laughable with opponents clearly not attempting to block advances at all and letting the lead player through what looked like spaces wide as barn doors. Think how boxing scenes in third tier boxing movies always play out: the opponents don't bother to block or duck away from any oncoming punches, they also start turning their heads even before the punch lands...

    Writing seems to have been done by someone with no knowledge of neither basketball or reality. For instance: the new young rookie recruit asks if he will be a starter (starting 5 players) in his very first game for his new team. When and where has that ever happened? Also moral aspects are here poorly accentuated in spades. It all feels and reads like a poor Hallmark After School Special.
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    Pretty good throughout the movie until the last 20-30 min. Kind of hokey after that.
  • blazelangton2 November 2018
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    Your left off with terror leaving his parents in a limo with the coach looking at endorsement numbers for how much he will be making playing internationally and you never get to see the process of him moving and growing up to be the star he was made out to be in the movie disliked the ending but enjoyed most of the movie
  • This movie strips the reality of it all back at just the right amount as to not spoil the plot too much but still strike enough of a chord if you've got any personal connection to the game, fantastic watch and very moving
  • mrigor6 April 2018
    It keeps your attention throughout the whole movie, it is well written, and acting is also great. There aren't that many plot twists but those that are present are good. Soundtrack is decent, though there aren't any memorable tracks except for the Logic - Ballin' song. Its a well done movie with great actors, and it is definitely worth your watch!
  • temka-2515615 April 2019
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    I really enjoyed this movie. Definetely basketball class. Everybody who loves the game will enjoy it. The actors are good and can really ball. There is drama , there is comedy , there is friendship , there is life. just believe yourself.
  • bmh002410 April 2018
    This was hard to sit through. Sub par acting and sub par writing. From beginning to end I was left wanting more...such a joke
  • With today's internet use and brands investing billions, Amateur exposes the current basketball system. Wonderfully written and directed. Don't miss.
  • polatkilic-719396 January 2020
    It was an uncomplete movie and could be so much better in the ending Like at least 2 hours long, and that would make the movie better and more attractive
  • Underrated. Very well captures the true state of corruption in basketball. Very good acting. Absolutely loved this movie
  • First off great movie. Nothing like any other basketball movie because the kid is friggin 14. He Got Game although stars the best baller ever Ray Allen is not about the game. Especially a child playing the game. The college game is lost and this is the reason why. It took 20 years for people to listen to Blue Chip. We need to start paying our student athletes because it's hard period to survive. Unemployment is hitting all time lows but 10% are hoarding all the money. If you haven't seen Blue Chip or He Got Game... why? Who are you?
  • tlarraya23 July 2018
    This movie was disappointing. We normally like sports movies but this one hasn´t been a hit and it´s surprising that they made this movie without it being a real story.
  • This may be a fictional movie, but it certainly seems like it could be a documentary. It certainly encapsulates what high school basketball has become, especially at top-level "schools".
  • tyeshahicks28 June 2018
    Glad I watched, real twist at the end and real eye opener as a young basketball player parent
  • I really enjoyed this movie. Definitely basketball classic. Everybody who loves the game will enjoy it. The actors are cool and can really ball. There is drama, there is comedy, there is friendship! Nigerian guy is the best one!
  • Awesome about the world of youth sports and elite athletes.