VOTE NOW FOR THE BEST OF ORLANDO® 2021!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Heart of the Game

Posted on Thu, Aug 17, 2006 at 4:00 AM

****
The Heart of the Game
Studio: Miramax Films
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Darnellia Russell, Bill Resler, Devon Crosby Helms, Maude Lepley, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges
Director: Ward Serrill
WorkNameSort: Heart of the Game, The
Our Rating: 4.00
It's too easy to describe The Heart of the Game as 'Hoop Dreams for girls,� but this winning documentary reaches beyond the clichés of your typical sports movie. First-time director Ward Serrill takes an in-depth look at Bill Resler, a charmingly rumpled tax-law professor who takes a side job coaching a Seattle high school's female basketball team, the Roughriders. The result is an astounding drama that spans seven years, wrestling with issues of race, gender and class while capturing the struggles of competition with intelligence and intimacy. With the story of promising freshman Darnellia Russell serving as its thematic spine, the film has surprising developments, including subplots about feuds, disappointments and one player's profoundly disturbing involvement with a predatory agent. The only real problem is that the filmmakers have almost too much material to work with, and the focus shifts often.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation