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Most Valuable Players (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Drama | 6 August 2010 (USA)
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Documentary about the Freddy Awards, similar to Broadway's Tony Awards, that gives high school musical theater geeks one night of the year to shine in a Pennsylvania town that devotes all its resources to high school sports.


Matthew D. Kallis
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Credited cast:
John Andreadis John Andreadis ... Himself
Frank Anonia Frank Anonia ... Himself
Shelley Brown Shelley Brown ... Herself
Rita Cortez Rita Cortez ... Herself
Zachary Gibson Zachary Gibson ... Himself
Corey Jones Corey Jones ... Himself
Amanda Kostalis Amanda Kostalis ... Herself
Jill Kuebler Jill Kuebler ... Herself
Vic Kumma Vic Kumma ... Himself
Deena Linn Deena Linn ... Herself
Ali Mosser Ali Mosser ... Herself
Mark Stutz Mark Stutz ... Himself
Jennifer Wescoe Jennifer Wescoe ... Herself
Katie Wexler Katie Wexler ... Herself


Across the USA, high school sports are regularly lavished with funding, publicity and scholarships while theater geeks struggle to put on the school musical hoping for some attention of their own. In the sports crazy Lehigh Valley, PA, a hundred-year-old theater remedies the inequality with the Freddy Awards - an annual 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 high school theater troupes on their creative journeys to the elaborate award ceremony - the "Super Bowl" of high school musical theater. Written by Anonymous

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Meet a new kind of high school all-star....


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6 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Writer/Producer Christopher Lockhart was prompted to make the film after he accidentally discovered a clip of the Freddy Awards on YouTube. See more »


"Les Miserables" is misspelled in the closing credits. See more »


John Andreadis: Dad's crying? Dad doesn't cry.
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Special thanks to Marge Simpson. See more »


Throughly Modern Millie
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics bySammy Cahn
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Lots of value in "Most Valuable Players".
23 August 2010 | by LVTurklesonSee all my reviews

"Most Valuable Players" is a really fun and entertaining documentary that doesn't feel all that much like a documentary. It feels much more like a fiction film. While most documentaries today are filled with tragedy and war and sadness, MVP offers the opposite. It's filled with music, energy, hope, inspiration and happiness.

Yes, documentaries about Iraq remain vital and important but MVP reminds us of the American way of life and value system that our soldiers in Iraq fight to preserve.

The story involves three Pennsylvania high schools that prepare for the Freddy Awards, the local high school version of Broadway's Tony Awards. The film talks about the importance of sports and the Freddy Awards feels like a sporting event itself. Sure enough, I found myself rooting for my favorites in the end. I'm not a fan of musicals, and the film holds off most of the numbers until the big show in the end. By this point, I was ready to watch the kids perform and forgot about my musical theater prejudices. I think everyone can relate to kids wanting recognition and trying to succeed. Even though not everyone wins, you feel like they're all winners.

It's all good-natured fun with some really good performances by the talented students. But when something unexpected happens, a sobering reality enters the picture. Thankfully, the film's director balances the tone perfectly.

Standout moments include the kids learning which students & schools have been nominated, and the Freddy Awards themselves. And every moment spent with the gossipy Katie and Ali is a good one.

It's true that some like their documentaries served up much darker and heavier and might not take to the joyful tone here, but MVP offers up a slice of American life and is an emotionally uplifting film that has you tearing up and laughing out loud almost at the same time.

MVP is a wonderful gem and well worth seeking out.

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