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More than A Game

MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language and incidental smoking.
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Teens, Adults, Family
Sports Documentary
1 hr. 45 min.
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USA Release:
October 2, 2009 (limited)
October 9, 2009 (expanded)
October 16, 2009 (wider)
DVD: February 2, 2010
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Featuring: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee
Director: Kristopher Belman
Producer: Harvey Mason Media, St. V, Spring Hill Productions, Scott Balcerek, Kristopher Belman, Maverick Carter, Stephanie DeNatale, Jimmy Iovine, LeBron James, Brian Joe, Kevin Mann, Harvey Mason Jr., Matthew Perniciaro
Distributor: Lionsgate Films

“More than a team… more than a coach…”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Most know LeBron as one of the best players in the game, and likely to be one of the best players to ever play the game. Few know the very storied and tough road traveled to get there. MORE THAN A GAME chronicles the life of LeBron James from childhood through his high school years. His time as a homeless youth and the influence that Christians had in his life, most notably Coach Dru Joyce II.

‘More Than a Game’ tells the true story of five talented young basketball players, including future NBA superstar LeBron James, and their remarkable journey from Akron, Ohio to the national high school championship series.

Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in ‘More Than a Game,’ a remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player’s father, and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the ‘Fab Five’s’ improbable nine-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested—both on and off the court—as James' exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything they’ve set out to achieve together.

‘More Than a Game’ combines a series of unforgettable one-on-one interviews with rare news footage, never-before-seen home videos, and personal family photographs to bring this heart-wrenching and wholly American story to life.”

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Movie Critics
…a documentary about a high school coach who happens to be a Christian and the basketball players he coaches, who grow in character and maturity, as they become national champions. This movie is easy to recommend with its strong Christian worldview and encouraging, inspirational underdog story. …
…the experience of this shared journey is inspiring and shows the best of what sports can be when a coach prays for and cares about his or her athletes. It is this message that makes this more than a film. …
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