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Hoop Reality (2007)

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Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 November 2007 (USA)
Hoop Reality is the sequel to the 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams" and explores what happened during the last decade from where "Hoop Dreams" left off. It follows the original basketball hero... See full summary »


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Arthur Agee ... Himself
Patrick Beverley Patrick Beverley ... Himself
Lamont Bryant Lamont Bryant ... Himself


Hoop Reality is the sequel to the 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams" and explores what happened during the last decade from where "Hoop Dreams" left off. It follows the original basketball hero past his dream and into reality, examining where life has carried him over the decade, and taking a look at where he is today, as the torch gets passed to the next dream seeker. Along the way he mentors and inspires the up-and-coming basketball star, Patrick Beverly, who leads his team, the Marshal Commandos, for the first time since the original "Hoop Dreams", to the State Finals. Written by RL

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More Exploitation of the First Film Than Sequel
18 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hoop Reality (2007)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Disappointing "sequel" to HOOP DREAMS is more exploitation than anything else. Arthur Agee narrates this film and appears in a few spots as he updates a few bits of information about his life but it seems the real focus of this movie is to show off a new talent, Patrick Beverley, who is now considered by many to be the next big thing trying to make it to the NBA. It's easy to see why this documentary was attacked by so many people. I mean, if you're going to sell yourself as a sequel to HOOP DREAMS then people are going to expect a lot more than what they actually get here. For the most part the stuff dealing with what Agee has been doing since the release of that classic 1994 film is interesting. We hear some incredibly sad stuff including the brutal murder of his father but sadly there's really not too much else told. What on Earth was the point of having Agee here if we weren't going to learn more? I really don't see any reason for him to be here except so that the producers could push this as a sequel and try to milk fans of the original movie. What's even dumber about this picture is the fact that this so-called sequel doesn't even update us on the status of William Gates. Yes, that's right. As far as the "new" player is concerned, his story might have been interesting but this film has such a low production value that the entire thing just feels cheap. I'm sure another interesting movie could have been made about Beverley as his career certainly got farther than any of the previous two kids but this isn't the movie for that. Again, if you're going to sell yourself as a sequel it's best that you actually deliver and HOOP REALITY doesn't come anywhere close. Hopefully one day someone will come along and give us a real update on those from the original movie.

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