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More Than a Game

More Than a Game

Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: October 2, 2009 Released by: Lions Gate Films

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

More Than a Game may not delve enough into the life of the Cleveland Cavaliers' most prized possession (now paired with Shaquille O'Neal to grab his first pro title), but it's worth a look, even on the silver screen.

Helmer Kristopher Belman follows James and fellow players (Dru Joyce, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee, and Romeo Travis) from the grade school to private parochial high school (St. Vincent/St. Mary) in Akron, Ohio over a little more than half a dozen years. He works with his editor to whittle down a wealth of information to something that manages to emphasize what really goes into developing a team and teamwork itself.

There is intelligible archival footage of games and some amusing/touching moments from the obligatory talking heads. It seems to just begin to scratch the surface from the sociological to things that the tightly-bonded young men do under the delicate ways of Coach Dru Joyce, Joyce's dad.

While there is much to enjoy on a human interest level and the drive, skill, and steadfastness needed to grab hold of fans and the press during a period of vast technological change, it seems that there should have been more in this Game of high-flying, action-packed hoop dreams.

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