THE HEART OF THE GAME
Pursuit of Excellence
Release Date: June 09, 2006
Audience: Older children and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Miramax Films/Buena Vista/Walt
Director: Ward Serrill
Executive Producer: Larry Estes
Producer: Liz Manne
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Director Ward Serrill visits the Roosevelt High School gym and finds Resler, a white college tax professor with a passion for basketball. For seven years, he follows Resler and the team's exploits, including its highs and lows. One day, a young, black basketball phenom from the inner city named Darnellia Russell walks into the gym. Forced for academic reasons by her mother to attend Roosevelt, a better school, Darnellia quickly becomes the documentary's second main character. A setback in her junior year results in a major controversy in the city league. Darnellia faces enormous obstacles as she and her senior teammates take their final shot at winning the state championship.
Seven years in the making, THE HEART OF THE GAME brilliantly captures the passion and energy of a prominent high school girls' basketball team, its colorful coach and its players. The camera watches intently as Coach Resler encourages the players to think and act like "a pride of lions," a "tropical storm" or a "pack of wolves" to overwhelm their opponents aggressively.
THE HEART OF THE GAME is a heartwarming, energetic documentary. The movie has a generous amount of clips from the team's major basketball games and tournaments. It also has a positive, moral worldview that stresses hard work and good behavior, but some brief, strong foul language merits an extreme caution. There is also a subplot about a teenage pregnancy, but the plot ends with marriage and parental responsibility.
THE HEART OF THE GAME brilliantly captures the passion and energy of the team, its colorful coach and its players. The camera watches intently as Coach Resler encourages the female players to think and act like a "tropical storm" or a "pack of wolves" to overwhelm their opponents. THE HEART OF THE GAME also has a positive, moral worldview that stresses hard work and good behavior, but some brief, strong foul language merits an extreme caution.