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Longshots, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Fact-based sports drama in which an unemployed former high school football star (Ice Cube) living in a depressed factory town is hired by his hardworking sister-in-law (Tasha Smith) to mind his shy, bookish niece (Keke Palmer) and, discovering that the girl shares his gift for the game, becomes her trainer and gets her a tryout with a local, previously all-boys team. Director Fred Durst's upbeat, mostly unobjectionable film is a celebration of each individual's power to bring about both personal and civic renewal. Brief sexual humor, a couple of profanities, a few crass words and mild oaths. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II—adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG—parental guidance suggested; some material may not be suitable for children.

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