EW Staff
September 30, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

More Than a Game

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
105 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/02/09
performer
LeBron James, Dru Joyce
director
Kristopher Belman
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Kristopher Belman
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B+

STARRING LeBron James
WRITTEN BY Kristopher Belman, Brad Hogan
DIRECTED BY Kristopher Belman

Back in 2001, Loyola-Marymount film student Kristopher Belman tagged along with future NBA MVP LeBron James’ high school basketball team in Akron, Ohio, to make a 10-minute documentary — and shot 600 hours of footage. ”[The coach] said I could come to one practice, but I heard him tell the players what time practice would be the next day, so I just showed up again,” Belman says. The result? Hoop Dreams with a happy ending. Belman admits to some doubts during the state championship finals. When James’ team was ”down 4 at halftime,” Belman says, ”I was really close to giving the halftime speech myself. ‘I don’t know if you understand three-act structure, guys, but you better grab some rebounds!”’

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