Sports movies usually draw a specific type of audience. But usually when you see a sports movie make it to the big screen, it’s of a major sports star or a significant moment in their career. But in the new release from Focus Features – Boogie, sports fans may be left wondering how this movie ever made it to the screen.
The movie focuses around Alfred Chin, or Boogie as he starts his life and trying to play basketball professionally. Billed as a coming of age story, the movie focuses on a lot of the relationship of Boogie and his family. The cultural clash between what is expected and what Boogie wants to do with his life is hit often. But while actual cultural issues would come into play in the a career situation, they almost seem forced – like a lot of the movie.
The story in Boogie is forced, the acting is forced and like most other elements of the movie. The story isn’t enough to keep your engaged and honestly, it was almost more painful to watch than other sports movies for a non sports fan. Some striking moments in the movie are discussions about Boogies privates and the cultural stereotypes, or someone relieving themselves in the bushes because they have IBS. Moments that don’t add to the movie, make it more awkward and not one we would recommend watching.
Boogie is in theaters where they are open on March 5th.
From acclaimed writer, producer and restaurateur Eddie Huang comes his directorial debut BOOGIE, the coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.