Full-Court Miracle (2003)

“When Judah was asked by his companions, “How can we, few as we are, fight back against so great of a multitude?” Judah replied, “It’s not the size of our army, it is the strength of our faith.” ” – Rabbi Lewis

Number of Times Seen – Twice (5 Mar 2005 and 3 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A Jewish high school basketball team needs to find a new coach and when one of kids runs into a former player, their newly found friendship helps both of them.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing year ago and the fact that I have a personal connection to this kind of Jewish School made me want to once again see what it was all about.

Unfortunately, there are numerous flaws from a religious perspective, but the story still manages to bring hope to both the players on the team and their new coach and that adds so much to the story,.

The basketball scenes aren’t that thrilling, and the story relies a bit too much on a few humorous stereotypical jokes along the way which add an atmosphere to the story, yet fail to make things more entertaining or engaging to the viewer.

The film takes a bit too much religious license in the way that attributes some of the story to ethereal aspects, but since this is supposedly based on a true story, it’s easy to believe that they stretched things ‘just’ a bit to help make it all seem more miraculous than it probably was at the time in order to stretch out the suspense a bit more.

The fact that this was made as a Disney channel family friendly film also dampens the mood a bit because the production value seems a bit too geared towards younger viewers.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The character Alex Schlotsky is based on Lamont Carr’s former player Alex Barbag. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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