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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 (66 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YMWQ2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,575 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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring tale beyond basketball December 15, 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight Into What Shapes People May 28, 2010
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 11 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended January 18, 2011
By eec4
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If you are a Lebron James fan or know one this is the DVD for you. The title states it all.
Gives you an insight into what makes the man you happens to be one great basketball player!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about preparing to win. August 27, 2010
By MadG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lives Up to Its Title May 27, 2010
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I don't care who you are, this is a great movie. It's inspiring, it has real drama, and it's all true. It's nice to learn more about Lebron James, but this isn't the Lebron James Story; it's about friendship, family, faith, teamwork, and sacrifice. It's about a group of inner city kids who play basketball, but it doesn't rely on sex, drugs, gangs, murder, or even profanity. It's just great storytelling, without embellishment or added "spice."

I coach tennis at an exclusive private school in California and I'm actually going to show this movie to my girls. Even though the settings are worlds apart, the movie's message is universal and I know my players will love the story and they'll learn from it. Meanwhile, More Than A Game has shown me how to be a better coach, and I'll have an excuse to watch it again, too.

The fact that director Kristopher Belman was a college student when he began the project makes it all the more remarkable.
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