Freestyle (2004)

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Ondene Marchant is beautiful, talented and destined to major in law at Oxford. She's spent her whole life following demanding study plans laid down by her ambitious mother Hyacinth, a high powered barrister determined to push her only child to the top. But Ondene is desperate to live a little. She discovers freestyle basketball, and takes up the offer of lessons from the charismatic Leon. When Hyacinth finds out, she resolves to put an end to the relationship. Although Leon's fighting against … More

Rating: PG-13 (for a brief sexual assault and teen drinking)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sports & Fitness
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On DVD: Dec 28, 2004
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Shabbily filmed and poorly acted, its lone positive is a compellingly awful turn by Alfie (brother of Lily) Allen, whose bumbling, velour-tracksuited date-rapist is the sleaziest thing youâ(TM)ll see this year.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Time Out
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Apart from Arinze Kene, the male lead, the stilted performances here, are enough to put anyone off.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Empire Magazine

Freestyle is a string of flashily edited musical montages of East London youth playing basketball, hung on the flimsy framework of a sub-Grange-Hill-quality script.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Times [UK]

Some of the ball-spinning and torso-wiggling is genuinely impressive, and it's refreshing to see such stuff played out with the backdrop of a recognisable modern Britain.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010

Although the acting is generally closer to Grange Hill than Drury Lane, Kene shows bags of potential.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Sky Movies

Admittedly, the characters are schematically drawn, but there's real chemistry between the freestyling leads and, refreshingly given the milieu, there's not a gun in sight.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Total Film

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