Gunnin' For That #1 Spot

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Released 2008

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Director:
Adam Yauch
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13

Gunnin' For That #1 Spot is a 2008 basketball documentary about America's most talented high school players directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. The film covers the inaugural "Elite 24" game at Harlem's famous Rucker court, where sports legends Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabar once played. The film follows NBA hopefuls Jerryd Bayless, Michael Beasley, Tyreke Evans and Kevin Love, high school students who have already been selected as the best of the best. As they prepare to take part in the playground style competition, these teenagers describe their backgrounds and show their understanding of the business side of the game. Corporate sponsors, college coaches, relatives and the media have already placed a heavy burden of expectation on their young shoulders. Then the game finally arrives, with a rousing soundtrack featuring an array of hip-hop music from Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Jay-Z and others, with these talented young men demonstrating their awesome moves.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    It's sure to satisfy the film's target youth audience's appetite for zippy visuals and swift pacing.

  • 70

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Beastie Boy Adam Yauch proves he can make a comprehensive, state-of-the-art docu of interest to basketball aficionados.

  • 60

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    As guileless and eager as the most avid fan, Gunnin' is neither cautionary nor analytical, allowing its insights to occur organically and without fancy camera moves.

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    Documentary, Sports

    Themes

    African-American Heritage, Culture, Basketball, wine