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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
All the 1-Stars are because of DVD malfunction
This film makes me a bit nostalgic: 90s film-making if not at its best at a peak. An intercultural focus makes this sports film unique, and the high-stakes finale has enough realism embedded within to make it believable (as many sports movies are formulaic). It is more than sports, it's a movie about unlikely friendship, abandoning selfish motives, honoring one's culture, the value of nuclear family, and the true qualities of a leader. In short, its not really about basketball. Its about doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing, not for any perks by association.
Current socio-political correctness may cast aspersion to this film as leaning towards a white savior complex. I don't think it does...usually that makes me roll my eyes but the script provides balance to where the indiginous culture is respected. Yes, Bacon gets a lot of screen time but at the end of the game the Winnabe are their own victors, and have taught Bacon valuable lessons. Speaking of, his character has a great arc in this film that makes it worth watching. It has a great soundtrack to boot.
It bothers me that this has so many 1- star reviews and that may make people pass this up when they are scrolling through amazon video looking for a good movie to watch. It truly is a four+ star film and maybe amazon, with their great customer service,could send out a new dvd copy to these unhappy customers, because they are missing out on a great film.
I say these things "only because I really mean it" ;). Also, I have no idea why this film has poor reviews on imbd. When you watch it you'll see what I mean.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Amazon Customer
Holy Crap. The recruiting violations were epic in this film. Hahahaha! 40 cattle?! A traditional tribal sacrificial genital incision?! Omg! Coach Jimmy Dolan's (Kevin Bacon) legacy would've been ruined after the NCAA investigation. Sanctions galore! Plus, being involved in a tribal war surely would've involved the State Department and Congressional hearings. This flick was epic. Hadn't watched it since I was a kid. I remember watching it in the theater several times. Mostly being the only patron in the seats. Loved revisiting and laughing a lot. #jimmydolanshakeandbake
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I decided to ignore this andwatch the movie anyway
By Corky Siegel
Even though it only got 2 or 3 stars, I decided to ignore this and watch the movie anyway. I gave it 5 stars. Then I find out the movie got bad reviews because of something that had nothing what-so-ever to do with the movie - some technical problems. Sort of like people dissing a restaurant because they didn't like the decor ... but then mention that the food was the best they ever had but gave it 1 star because of decor. We must think about the people that made this movie or opened the restaurant. This movie is worth seeing. And the restaurant I'm talking about it amazing. :-)