« Alien Trespass | Main | Rudo y Cursi (2009 Tribeca Film Festival) »

March 19, 2009

Ball Don't Lie

Bdl_poster22 Although director Brin Hill slathers the melodrama on thick in his adaptation of Matt de la Pena's novel about Sticky (well played by Grayson Boucher AKA The Professor), a gifted young Los Angeles basketball player making it up through the local ranks, "Ball Don't Lie" precisely conveys the troubled mindset and determination of its charismatic protagonist with clear-eyed purpose. Suffering from OCD, and traumatized by years of abuse with his now-deceased mother and various adoptive families, Sticky comes into his own when he steps onto the basketball court, and the game sequences are thrilling. But a love interest distracts him from his goals and opens up a chink in Sticky's well-defended amour that his equally impoverished court buddies fill in with faulty logic. Kim Hidalgo gives a notable performance as Sticky's girlfriend Anh-thu, but it's Boucher's slow-burn intensity and unmistakable basketball skills that drive this entertaining independent drama.
Not Rated. 102 mins. (B) (Three Stars)

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
https://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c2b7953ef01116906d8a5970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Ball Don't Lie:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Featured Video

SMART NEW MEDIA® Custom Videos

COLE SMITHEY’S MOVIE WEEK

COLE SMITHEY’S CLASSIC CINEMA

Throwback Thursday


Podcast Series