Gunnin' For That #1 Spot (Special 2 Disc Set)
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The game itself was just okay. The guy kept saying "and they're playing defense" but the D was a joke, seriously save for a few swats and a couple steals. Blue was giving up the longball all day, no rotations to help, too much one on one. Still, you got guys who can't risk injury, guys trying to build a rep at the Rucker, so that's what you get. Could've done without so much slow motion in the game, and the triple replays. Some of it was done on to some mediocre plays, and some just lasted waaaay too long.
Overall it was a good watch. I'll be showing it to all my ball players and the kids I work with who play ball.
All these kids are "beasts" in their respective orbits around the country, but here they get to test their mettle against other elite players. You learn the back-story on eight specific players, some of whom - like Kevin Love and Michael Beasley - have already jumped to the NBA after a one-year college "career." You also get some perspective on Rucker Park and its iconic status in American basketball.
The movie is not all hype job, though. It touches upon some darker issues in the scholastic hoop frenzy, such as:
* Elite players are scrutinized closely and often can't live just a normal life
* Some prep rating services are glorified cut and paste jobs, more concerned with generating subscription revenue than anything else
* Sneaker companies drilling down as far as promising 5th, 6th and 7th graders to "brand" their shoes and build brand loyalty
* College coaches who text players they have never met three times a day to say, "I love you and can't wait for you to come play here ..."
* The lack of loyalty among some players; to wit, in high school, Michael Beasley attended four different schools in four years.
* Concerns about whether perfecting highlight dunks on Sports Center may eclipse emphasis on other aspects of the game . (I'm not saying team defense is dead, but the final score of the exhibition game is something like 131-128 - judge for yourself.)
If you like hip-hop music and rap, you will also enjoy this movie!
The visual effects made the movie fresh and not monotonous. It was able to hold my attention and kept me wanting more. I feel like the visuals mixed with the music really added a lot to the documentary and made it even more entertaining. I absolutely loved the music all throughout the film.
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The disc did not work. I will be attempting to return it and get a replacement. I am not sure if the format is correct.Published 20 months ago by John
If you're a basketball or pop culture fan/follower, then this movie is a winner; if you want a basketball-focused music video... you'll be disappointed! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a good flick on HS Hoops. I was curious as to why the movie was made on this particular group of guys. However, I love the way Yauch shoots (shot RIP) his movies. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by Jason A Volkoff
I saw this film in a theater nearly alone, when it was released. It showed the upside and downside of what basketball has become. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by S. Brown
I was expecting a lot more about the players other than basketball. Great to see future stars before they were. What happened to Michael Beasley? Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Darryl K Stapleton
It was an interesting to look at the world of elite prep basketball players and to get a glimpse of a few of them before they reached the professional level. Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by Chris Reviews
Great Documentary & Funny to see these kids now are big NBA Stars !! A+++Published on January 28, 2010 by Busy Momma