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Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon (2009)

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A variety of inner-city kids from all backgrounds and ethnicities participate in the annual business plan competition held by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Every nine seconds -- somewhere in America -- a teen drops out of high school. But not all teens are willing to become a statistic; many are willing to strive for greatness, but simply lack the basic tools and foundation to do so. In this documentary, filmmaker Mary Mazzio follows several underprivileged teens as they draw up business plans in an effort to beat the odds and realize their dreams of success. The competition comes to a head in New York City, where 35 of the 24,000 students who've entered vie for the 10,000-dollar prize that will allow them to launch their own business. Interactions with USA Network founder Kay Koplovitz, Home Depot founder Arthur Blank, and Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, among others, help the contestants to realize that living the dream is possible for those willing to put in the hours and make the sacrifices.

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Critic Reviews for Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon

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Spending more observational time with her smart, resilient and stirringly positive subjects -- even seeing less-edited footage of their business plan speeches -- might have helped sell her inspirational story.

November 13, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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It's the type of film you might expect to see at a fund-raising dinner or a convention banquet, not in a commercial theater. That said, it's a very well-made piece of boosterism.

November 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Whether it's credulity or audience cynicism, Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon has a problem, and good vibrations won't solve it.

November 13, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Less a documentary than a relentlessly upbeat nonprofit infomercial...

November 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Ten9Eight will induce shivers of excitement in free-market proponents who get off on watching ambitious, money-minded young people pull themselves up by their bootstraps and set out to become future titans of industry.

November 12, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…
AV Club
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This may be an admirable competition, but that doesn't make this movie less self-serving.

November 12, 2009 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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