8 comments on “Hoop Dreams

  1. Good review Alyson. I’m still surprised that they were able to cobble together all of this footage and turn it into something coherent and thought-provoking.

  2. Good review. I consider this film to be nothing less than the greatest documentary ever made. As you wrote, it is far more than just a movie about boys playing basketball.

    The scene that really got me was when the mother got her degree. She is so proud of what she achieved – then the camera pulls back and we see that every chair behind her is empty. Not a damn person showed up for her achievement.

    • Thanks for bringing up that scene, Chip. And it seems to be the inverse to her son’s lack of achievement in school, yet everyone shows up for his games.

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