"God Transforms Boys to Men"
What You Need To Know:
MORE THAN A GAME is a very inspiring, captivating movie. It contains lots of strong, overt Christian content. Coach Dru is shown at church hearing a sermon that God calls everyone to humility, unity and sacrifice. He also leads the team twice in prayer and posts signs with in the locker room to focus the players’ attention on what’s really important. Coach Dru says God made him the coach not to win but to help these boys become men. He succeeded. Bravo!
(CCC, BBB, L, D) Very strong Christian, biblical worldview as players pray, coach attends church service and speaks of how God led him to his position as coach to help others, and player wears large cross; two mild obscenities and no profanities; no violence; no sexual content; no nudity; no alcohol; smoking; and, nothing else objectionable.
MORE THAN A GAME is a documentary concerning a high school coach and basketball team which grows in character as they become national champions. In Akron, Coach Dru Joyce II agrees to coach his son, Dru III, and his son’s three friends in a traveling basketball team. They join a private school to continue their playing, but when the well-known coach quits, Coach Joyce takes on his first job as a head coach.
The “fab five” are LeBron James (who has gone on to be a pro NBA player), Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, and Romeo Travis. Having played together since they were young, they escalate to national level in their high school years.
As juniors, they go to the national championship but lose because they are overconfident and too preoccupied with their newfound fame. Through the journey together, they learn to include an outsider and to choose supporting each other over personal fame. In their next year in 2003, they become the national champions.
This is a compelling documentary as the players, now grown men, look back and reflect on their journey together as teenagers. These interviews are intercut with footage from their past games including footage of the actual championship game. The filmmakers have chosen the “Cinderella aspect” to their story, and it is encouraging to watch.
MORE THAN A GAME contains lots of strong, overt Christian and faith-based content. None of the players as grown men and in footage from their past use any foul language and speak often about their need to grow in character through the years. Coach Dru is seen at church hearing a sermon that God calls everyone to humility, unity and sacrifice. Coach Dru leads the team on two occasions with prayer, praying in the name of Jesus. Coach Dru also posts signs in the locker room about character attributes like humility, unity and service, to focus the players’ attention to what’s really important.
Coach Dru says he realized God made him the coach not to win but to help these boys from the housing projects outside Akron become men. In some respects, this is a true-to-life FACING THE GIANTS kind of story.
MORE THAN A GAME is an easy movie to recommend with its positive message and Christian outlook. Not only will it inspire many coaches and athletes in every other team sport in addition to basketball, it also will inspire many media-wise moviegoers.
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