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Playin' For Love (2013/RLJ DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Film: C+

Coach Banks (aka The General, played by Director Robert Townsend (directing here), who is the 'General' because his ways, his methods, and his training has always brought home a winning trophy) has won 6 high school basketball championships and intends to continue to win a seventh one. His only problem is his new basketball star's mother, Talisa, who believes the coach's way is too old school and threatens to pull her son off the team if he doesn't use 'her' playbook. Sure and confident of her method... will it be the coach's turn to learn a few new tricks?

In Playin' For Love (2013), Banks is riding high on unquestioned success. That is until he encounters Talisa, a single mother with 3 kids, which her and her group of (girl) friends believe in woman's rights, men are dogs and woman can and do anything a man can do. And as much as the 'General' Coach Banks hates being forced to change and resists taking commands from the fairer gender, he can't help but be attracted to Talisa. In the end he will have to decide what is more important, a winning team or winning the girl?

This was a kid's movie, set in an inner city high school basketball story, but it seemed un-able to decide if it wanted to focus on the basketball game or the comic romance. In the end, it felt more just like a movie of battle of the sexes than any sport themed movie. It didn't teach about the game, teamwork or good sportsmanship. Male ego versus female girl power, a man might be an alpha dog in society... but a woman is the alpha at home.

The anamorphically enhance 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix are both a bit softer than we would have liked, but a Blu-ray edition would likely play better all around. There are unfortunately no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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