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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Champions (2023)

What is it about?

An ambitious basketball coach on the development circuit is ordered by the court to coach and lead a basketball team of individuals with intellectual disabilities. 

Who is in it?

Woody Harrelson - Marcus 

Kaitlin Olson - Alex 

Matt Cook - Sonny 

Favorite Scene: 

Marcus meets the group for the first time and they introduce themselves and their special qualities. 

Favorite Quote: 

Your heart's a long way from your knee. Suck it up!""


Champions is the ultimate feel-good film. In fact, I can't remember a film that I've seen that has genuinely made me feel positive during the film, at its climax, and once the credits begin to roll. Champions stayed with me in a way that really makes me want to watch again. It's that good. 

I wouldn't expect a deep plot in this one. It is simple and straight to the point. Where Champions shines the most is in its ability to de-stigmatize individuals with intellectual disabilities with humor and dialogue that is light-hearted and in many ways, educational. 

All of the characters from the Friends group are the true stars in this film. Every single, character is amazing. And both Woody Harrelson and Kaitlin Olson are tremendous in accentuating the film. They might be listed as the leads, but their roles truly support everyone else in the film. 

Give this film a shot, you won't regret it. And like me, you'll definitely be rewatching it. 

Grade: 4/5

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