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More Than a Game (2008)

LeBron James , Dru Joyce , Kristopher Belman  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee
  • Directors: Kristopher Belman
  • Writers: Kristopher Belman, Brad Hogan
  • Producers: LeBron James, Brian Joe, Kristopher Belman, Harvey Mason Jr., Jimmy Iovine
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YMWQ2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "More Than a Game" on IMDb

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They may be the best high school basketball team ever. From humble beginnings, future NBA superstar LeBron James, along with boyhood friends Dru Joyce, Sian Cotton and Willie McGee, began a journey that would take them from local fame to national acclaim. Joined by Romeo Travis in high school, the five fused their talents and, with the help of a dedicated coach, rewrote Ohio basketball history. Now, experience their trials, tribulations and triumphs in this inspirational film about five young men who became more than a team.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring tale beyond basketball December 15, 2009
Format:DVD
The title More Than a Game is more than a little cliché, and the most basic summary of this documentary's premise does little to refute that initial impression: the story of five inner city youths who forge something beyond friendship while pursuing their high school hoop dreams. But the journey of the "Fab Five" who made up the core of the St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball team in Akron, Ohio earlier in the decade is not exactly your average sports saga, filled with extraordinary characters and equally extraordinary circumstances that Hollywood could craft no better in any feature script. Any filmmaker blessed with such serendipitous narrative riches would be content to simply recount the not-so-tall tale, but director Kristopher Belman takes it an added step: bringing the larger-than-life back down to a universally relatable scale.

Figures hardly come more larger-than-life than LeBron James, the Fighting Irish alum who (as the world over has come to know) first caught national sports media attention during his high school stint and has since become one of most celebrated and recognizable stars in all of sports, let alone in basketball. With the knowledge of James's ultimate NBA fairy tale fate, the temptation would be to focus the film solely on his rise, but his story is duly treated as but one of the threads borne out of what was originally the "Fab Four"--James, "Little" Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, and Sian Cotton, whom we see in some rare home video honing their individual skills and team chemistry from way back when they were pre-teens.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight Into What Shapes People May 28, 2010
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Let me start off my review by saying that I have not been an active fan of basketball for several years now. I wound up watching this film because it received excellent reviews and my students are always talking about Lebron James, so I took it as an excellent opportunity to learn more about this young man at the center of all the hype. Having watched the dvd, I am just amazed at not only the skill and athleticism displayed by Mr. James, but the caliber of the character demonstrated by him, his teammates and his coaches. This is more than a basketball documentary , it's a life-lesson documentary that provides the added bonus of amazing footage of someone whose skills as a youngster clearly out-ranked many who play the sport professionally (to say the least, Mr. James is clearly most worthy of the praise heaped upon him). If you have kids, get More than a Game and use it as a sounding board for honest discussions with your kids. If you just love sports, get it because the footage is spectacular.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I have to admit, I am not a big fan of basketball. BUT because of my son's love of basketball, I brought this and a few other DVD's which showcases his favorite NBA players. (Note: I am still learning the techniques of basketball.)

The highlight and pivotal point of this film, "More Than A Game," was when the team (St. Vincent-St. Mary) coach gave a serious speech to his young men and devout his faith in prayers (along with them) in a call to the Almighty Saviour. Both messages developed a strength of character to the young men whose lives are expectedly in a vacuum filled with wild excitements (promiscuity, alcohol and more). This to me was a turnaround for the young men. Although it was the coach's last and final year to train them (in their last year of high school), Coach Dru Joyce and the team thought they would win the championship. They didn't! BUT, because of their hardwork, faith, character (thanks to Coach Dru Joyce), friendship and love, these young men pulled it off and TODAY we still see the excitement some of them display. What an incredible film. I'm happy to have attain it as a gift; a gift my son will (and has said) will treasure forever. He's inspired by this great documentary. Great work! Bravo to the executors for producing a fabulous history of the St. Vincent-St.Mary's basketball team, "Irish".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasnt going to watch...but glad I did!!!! Well done August 30, 2013
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Ok let me say this, am I a Miami Heat bandwagon fan? NO
Am I a local resident of Ohio or a fan of the Cavs? HELL NO
Have I followed the career of LBJ since 2001? YES I HAVE

I was not going to pick up this movie, at all, but something told me to see it. Yes, Im glad that I did....it is very well done. I first heard of LBJ back in 2001, and I never thought this guy would live up to the hype, but this movie covers the behind the scenes of the hype.

It is a story not of just Lebron but of all his friends and team-mates over a course of 4 yrs throughout high school. It shows the good the bad, the ups and downs...and the brotherly love that these 6 guys (Including coach Drew) had for each other from the time they hit 8th grade until 12th. What a good story. Its not the best documentary on hoops that I have seen (that would be Hoop Dreams) but it is very well done! I was impressed, and it really doesn't leave a whole lot out.

I do wish this movie would have shown a lot more games, or released a special edition that had some of his full games...but overall it is a great buy. You don't have to like Lebron to enjoy this film, cause this film is about more than just Lebron, its about life, love, team work, hard work, and 5 brothers. Enjoy, I give it 4 stars....the soundtrack is even pretty good as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Lebron Fans loved it.
I bought this for my sons - they are basketball fanatics and they are always talking about Lebron James. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
My grandson was surprised that I bought this for him. He's liked it so much, he's watched it at least 4 times (he's 15). LeBron James is his all-time favorite. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn A. Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars The King :0)
What's not to like.....it's LeBron James!! You must give credit where credit is due. He pulled himself up and out. And, for the kids he mentors in Akron, Ohio he's a blessing!!
Published 2 months ago by Nana
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD purchase
My son loved the movie..so I ordered a copy. It was in great condition and they only down fall it came a few days after Christmas.
Published 3 months ago by G
5.0 out of 5 stars My son LOVED this!
This was bought as a gift for my 11 year old son who is a L. James super fan. He loved it and I have to say, we as a family really enjoyed it as well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good choice
Bought More Than A Game for our 11-year-old grandson and he really liked it. Said he will be sure to watch it again.
Published 3 months ago by Bonnie Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars What He Wanted
My son was very happy with this full length movie. He is a big sports fan. Happy with the price and timing of delivery.
Published 3 months ago by A. H
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice DVD
Bought this for a gift. Anyone who likes LaBron should have this for their collection. Very well done and a great keepsake.
Published 3 months ago by kay chave
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly enjoyable
I bought this for my 12 year old son--a huge LeBron James fan. I wasnt expecting it to be as good as it was. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kristine wiese
4.0 out of 5 stars great watch
This DVD was a really nice watch all about the infamous LeBron James. My son just couldn't wait to sit down and have me watch this story with him, then his dad, this each of his... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Helena R McMaster
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