A basketball recruiter employs under-the-table methods to convince a high-school star to transfer schools.





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A basketball recruiter employs under-the-table methods to convince a high school player to transfer schools. AMATEUR is a short prequel for the forthcoming feature film MANCHILD, which follows a middle school star as he is discovered by the basketball recruiting machine. Written by Anonymous

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17 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Amateur is a short prequel for the forthcoming feature film Manchild, which follows a middle-school player as he is discovered by the basketball recruiting machine. See more »


Remade as Amateur (2017) See more »

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An average short film made to sell a feature film, but it has too many weaknesses in the plot, dialogue and performances
21 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Amateur sees a high-school basketball star being approached in the gym by an agent, keen to influence him as to where his next move should be and happy to help him out of his difficult situation if it will mean he has a shot at managing this kid as he makes his shot at the big time. The film was made as part of an attempt to raise funds to make a full feature and as such it should at least be given credit for doing that as opposed to so many aspiring filmmakers who really don't make as much effort to get people onboard with their potential projects.

Credit given, I do have to say that I'm not sure this project was the best way to get excitement because it really doesn't say too much about the feature and as a standalone short it isn't much good. It is well made technically with good shots in a two-hander of the two actors but the dialogue and content is a little bit clichéd and obvious and this makes up most of the short film. There is a twist at the end of the film which adds something to the character and helps us understand who he is (we also see it in the game at the start) and that he knows the game well. On the flipside we see the thankless, smarmy job of the agent. Which of these characters would be the focus for the feature I'm not sure, but neither of them really appealed to me here. I guess the bigger picture of what we see a small example of here would be the feature but if this is the case I hope Koo can bring more insight and originality to the subject than he has here.

An average film then – I liked the handling of the dialogue sequences from a direction point of view, but the dialogue is obvious, the performances fairly forced and the twist at the end really was too little too late, although as a conclusion leading to the feature it does at least do a good job of saying "this is the game, now let's take a better look". I'll keep my eye out for Man-Child, but I hope it is better than this short suggests.

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