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With: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee
Written by: Kristopher Belman, Brad Hogan
Directed by: Kristopher Belman
MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language and incidental smoking
Running Time: 105
Date: 09/06/2008

More Than a Game (2009)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Bring in the Dunk

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Any ordinary documentary would have focused exclusively on the achievements of NBA superstar LeBron James, but More Than a Game gives equal time to James' teammates, and to their own trials and tribulations. Not very imaginative or artistic in its presentation, director Kristopher Belman utilizes the usual collection of talking heads, video clips and computer-enhanced photographs.

However, the skilled editing eventually brings out the personalities of all five players, adding an emotional stake to the footage of key games, such as the diminutive Dru Joyce's first freshman game, the junior year championship game, or the crucial period during which James was benched. It's a class act, keeping the story clean and upright, but not shying away from the players' lower-class origins and the realities therein.

DVD Details: Lionsgate's 2010 DVD release contains three short featurettes, two on the making of the film (about 10 minutes each) and a third one on the music in the film (about 5 minutes). We also get trailers for other Lionsgate releases.

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