This is one of those movies that I wouldn't have minded seeing on cable for a number of years but I refused to watch it pan and scan style every time SHR watched it on TNT. When I saw that it was on in HD, I jumped at the chance to finally see one of SHR's favorite sports movies of recent years.
Eh, whatever. This movie was good enough I guess but it sure was no The Rookie. I'd love to see the documentary about the team rather than the hokeyness of this endeavor. Still, it was fun enough despite the Forrest Gumpness of all the period music to fit every scene. Blacks and whites begin to get along - let's play Peace Train, etc, etc. Most of the songs were from like 5 years before 1971 anyway. How many hip black high school kids were grooving to the Temptations by 1971 anyway? And if I had to hear Ain't No Mountain High Enough one more time, I would have gone mad.
It was great seeing Avon Barksdale again though.
Directed by Boaz Yakin
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