Something to Cheer About (2001)
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Critic Reviews for Something to Cheer About
Plodding but heartfelt, Something to Cheer About pays tribute to a time when basketball scholarships and professional opportunities were practically unknown. Back then, a player's only opportunity was to make history.
Despite a last-reel schmaltz attack, this sports doc presents its blockbuster-baiting material with unfussy immediacy and dignity.
The movie could have had much greater resonance were it not focused so monolithically on basketball. One wonders what life was like at Attucks High, or how the players' success on the court affected their lives off it.
At just over an hour, it seems better suited for TV viewing than a theatrical release.
Audience Reviews for Something to Cheer About
A good film about an overlooked and important time and team. Like many similar films, it suffers from a short runtime.
A documentary about the first all black basketball team to win state. A good story, but this doc was missing something, either in the directing or editing. It didn't have any flare.
Something to Cheer About is a moving and effective piece of filmmaking, if not a highly advanced one. The film maker's strategy was to find people who had first-hand knowledge of the Chris Attucks High basketball team, interview them and then piece together their interviews to tell a chronological story. No, it's not the most sophisticated film ever and it feels like an ESPN special, especially since it comes in at just over an hour. But, that's alright. This is a modest film with modest goals and it accomplishes what it sets out to do by showing what this team accomplished and the obstacles they overcame.
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