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Most Valuable Players (2010)

John Andreadis , Frank Anonia , Matthew D. Kallis  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Andreadis, Frank Anonia, Shelley Brown
  • Directors: Matthew D. Kallis
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006GRWCDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"A really entertaining documentary." --Variety

"Funny…Compelling...Poignant." --USA Today

"A thrilling documentary." --Huffington Post

Product Description

Across the USA, high school sports are regularly lavished with funding, publicity and scholarships, while theater departments struggle to put on the school musical hoping for some attention of their own. It's no different in the sports crazy Lehigh Valley, PA, except for the "Freddy Awards," a live television event that recognizes excellence in local high school musical theater. Illustrating that arts education encourages the same teamwork, camaraderie and confidence as sports, MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS follows three theater troupes on their creative journey to the elaborate award ceremony - the "Super Bowl" of high school musical theater.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! February 28, 2012
By Tai
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I play hockey. I don't do musical theatre. That being said, I loved this film. My girlfriend grabbed my hockey bag and sat it on the sofa next to her. I knew something serious was up because the smell of the bag alone has threatened our otherwise fantastic relationship. She said I could not have my manhood back until I sat with her and watched Most Valuable Players. I tried to get myself out of the torture I was certain I was about to endure but she gave me "the look". Being a fan of the Dog Whisperer, I knew it was time for me to sit down. From the first images of the grainy sports kids/theatre kids montage, to the final fade out, I was captivated. No narrator telling me what to think. No shaky camera shots that drive me nuts. No stupid sub-titles because the audio was poorly recorded. Only a well thought out and executed film about the heart and soul of theatre kids and their parents. I actually teared up many times because the film brought me back to my parents taking me to the rink, encouraging me on how hard work and effort will take me farther than God given talent. There's no crying in hockey but there is in theatre. The parallels of my hardcore sports upbringing and the passion these theatre kids exhibit was a revelation for me. Its just that I wore a uniform and they wear costumes. Come to think of it, some folks will say my hockey sweater and stockings held up by a garter hidden by my hip pants resemble something of a costume. Never thought of that before. Anyhoo, this film opened my eyes and heart to the what all of us have in common - a passion for the things we love and the importance of working hard to live our dream. The lessons brought to us by this wonderful film is something that needs to be shared. Now if I can only get that damn smell out of the sofa!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Superb! February 21, 2012
Format:DVD
Truly an eye-opening piece that provided me with great insight into an area that the majority of Americans, myself included, know very little about. After highlighting the struggles faced by high school theater programs, the documentary gave great insight into the many individuals that made each production so special. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Doc That Really Scores February 28, 2012
Format:DVD
Most Valuable Players is one of the most joyful documentaries I have ever seen. I saw this film nearly a year ago at Docuweek (LA), and was hoping to see it again on DVD. I found it to be even more entertaining and enlightening the second time around. There are also lots of great extras including Filmmaker Commentary, Deleted Scenes and a Cast Reunion segment.

'The film opens accessing support for the arts in sports crazy Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. A newspaper editor states that more column inches are devoted to sports than any thing else in his newspaper, and millions are spent to maintain sports facilities, with little to nothing being spent on the arts. But as we learn from this thoroughly engaging doc, high school theater is also a team sport. ''

The film follows three high schools: Freedom, Emmaus and Parkland, and their talented students leading up to the Super Bowl of local musical theater, the Freddy Awards. The brainchild of State Theater CEO Shelly Brown, the annual Freddy's bring together 27 area high schools, as they compete for Tony like honors. All of which, including the nominations, is broadcast live on TV and streamed on the Internet to huge audiences.

Freedom High soccer standout and drama geek, John Andreadis, illustrates that there is no conflict between sports and the arts, when adults step aside and let the kids find their way. His parents are supremely understanding and supportive once they realize that the two disciplines are compatible. His drama teacher Jennifer Wesco makes sure that every one of her drama students understands that they do theater for themselves first and foremost, not for trophies and accolades.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Surprise! February 28, 2012
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"Most Valuable Players" is a movie for anyone who has ever done theater: high school, college, community theater or even Broadway. I was not expecting this to be as utterly engaging, moving and as much fun as it is. I was genuinely surprised. The documentary follows three different high schools in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania as they prepare for their annual stage musical productions, a season of theater that ends in the coveted Freddy Awards which are touted as the Tony Awards for high school musical theater. The movie takes us on the journey to the televised award ceremony where the three schools vie for top honors including Best Overall Musical. There is an earnest, good spirit running through this film. It's "feel good" in every sense of the word, and there are moments that bring about laughter and tears and plenty of goose bumps. The students and teachers show a love and respect for what they're doing and each other that is truly admirable. The climax is at the Freddy Awards and there's plenty of song and dance and suspense too. This is a documentary you can watch with your whole family. In fact, it hardly feels like a documentary at all because it all flows so free and natural. The DVD is packed with great extras like nine deleted scenes, a reunion featurette called "On Stage with MVP," and wonderful filmmaker commentary by director/producer Matthew D. Kallis and writer/producer Christopher Lockhart. The filmmakers are informative, engaging and pretty funny too. Plus there's interviews with the filmmmakers, and an outtake reel and some trailers from the OWN Documentary Club library. A great purchase that can be watched again and again and will not disappoint!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Life students
Story about real life students and a real life hero. You get to see into a lot of the school programs through a competition.
Published 2 months ago by Steven Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching & heartwarming look at high school musical theater
I am from a Midwestern state that values its sports more than anything else, from professional to college and right down to the high school level. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Beth-Anne Blue
4.0 out of 5 stars Good docu drama on drama
This was an entertaining docudrama about a group of high school drama departments. Wish it could have taken a broader look at all the schools in the competition but overall it was... Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for the kids.
Great movie to promote the Arts in our school system.
Not crazy about the editing.
And the filmmakers should have learned that Les MiserableS, had an 'S' on it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert J. Estey
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE!
My sister's a theater geek and made me watch this documentary with her. I h-a-t-e showtunes but I laughed and cried throughout this extremely entertaining movie. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by soccergirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie!!
I'm overjoyed that "Most Valuable Players" has finally been released on DVD. Oprah Winfrey Network isn't part of my cable package, so I wasn't able to see its world premiere. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Rtizie
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