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Streetballers (2009)

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Streetballers is for basketball, what Field of Dreams was for baseball. Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving ... See full summary »

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Terry
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Damon
Patrick Rooney ...
Michael
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Dante
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Mr. Henry
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Streetballers is for basketball, what Field of Dreams was for baseball. Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving goals. A story capturing the poetic nature of street basketball, highlighting the struggles endured on and off the court by the purest of athletes. Constantly searching for sanity in the midst of alcoholism, racism, and drugs, John Hogan and Jacob Whitmore, two junior college basketball players, find release and therapy while competing at one of the most competitive and poetic street courts in the U.S. Both men must spend an entire summer helping one another overcome their adversities. Their dedication and love for the game of basketball transcends from the playground courts into each of their dysfunctional households where the two boys play the constant role of the father figure. Pounding through life one day at a time, Jacob has no choice but to play in an underground league, constantly fighting to... Written by MSK

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Rated R for pervasive language, sexuality, some drug use and violence
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21 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Sweet Flick
16 January 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the best movies I have ever seen. Although hip hop culture has been an ever-growing presence in film, Street Ballers manages to incorporate a tremendous amount of material that sets it apart and far above. This movie is a MUST SEE. The language is rough at times and it gets very graphic at times, but the ride is worth it.

This movie really makes you think about the ways cultures clash in many places still. It brings in alcohol, drugs, guns and how they surround the game of basketball, as well as providing a true underdog story.

The dialogue is written to take the viewer on an emotional journey, from completely disturbing to touched. The soundtrack to the movie is also very unique and provides an excellent backdrop. This movie brings in elements from American History X, Mob Movies, Space Jam and Coach Carter. Everything is entwined in such depth that it is impossible to not appreciate. It is a true masterpiece.


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