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There is one priceless moment in “The Gabby Douglas Story” near the end, where the movie flashes back through the Olympic champion’s life — at that point, all 16 years of it. Otherwise, Lifetime’s contribution to Black History Month is really more of an ode to Let’s Piggyback on the Olympics Month, with Regina King providing the only heft in the most interesting part of Douglas’ biography as her caring and sacrificing mother. Douglas briefly appears in the movie and helped produce it, but despite its feel-good trappings, this project never gets airborne enough to even try to stick the landing.

Two young actresses (Imani Hakim, Sydney Mikayla) play Douglas at different ages, as the gymnastics prodigy is birthed, grows up one of four kids to King’s single mom and eventually discovers her calling. Of course, the expense of the sport is a hardship, and matters aren’t »


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