Title: Game Time
Directed by: Diego Hallivis
Starring: Phil Haus, Jason Hurt, María DiDomenico
Running Time 101 minutes, Rated PG13
Vance and his mother leave an abusive, alcoholic father and move to New York to make a fresh start. Vance makes friends with Jules, an aspiring ball player whose dream is to get his mother and siblings out of poverty. Together, they enter dueling ball tournaments to raise cash and earn court prestige.
Not a fan of this film. The acting was next to horrible and the dialogue was eye-rolling-ly bad. The only positive I can point out is that it’s a good tutorial for young men who are of dating age. They should take notes on the character Maria, and stay away from girls like her. She’s a high maintenance drama queen, her expectations are set way too high for any boy and absolutely nothing will make this chick happy unless everything goes her way. Vance loses a game, she flips out saying he hurt her because he can’t take her out. Are there seriously women out there who act like this? If you’re with a woman like this, get out before she gets pregnant and run far, far away.
Jules’s little brother takes big bro’s advice by stealing a basketball because Jules won’t share, then little brother gets hit by a car when running from those he stole from and it’s the dude’s fault for chasing him, not the kid’s fault for stealing. Seriously?!
The music supervisor and sound editor need to go back to school. Vance throws a basketball in his bedroom and there’s no sound. He punches a bully in the hallway, and it sounds like someone dropped a pancake on the floor. It may be a little realistic that way, but this is Hollywood. You want a dramatic feel, kick in some dough for some decent sound effects. Next is the soundtrack. If you’re trying to give an artist some play, play their music. Don’t play 5-10 seconds before fading out, unless there’s a montage, and yes there are quite the plethora of montages. No special features.
I will give that it’s a safe movie for parents to watch with their children, but the film itself is long, cliche, dry and filled to the brim with idiotic dialogue and messages.
Total Rating: D
Reviewed by: JM Willis