Watch: Champions 2023 123movies, Full Movie Online – A former minor-league basketball coach is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon realizes that despite his doubts, together, this team can go further than they ever imagined..
Plot: A stubborn and hotheaded minor league basketball coach is forced to train a Special Olympics team when he is sentenced to community service.
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Special powers rather than special needs
It’s a remake of Spanish film Campeones (2018), the Americanisation is possibly quite an easy cross over though due to the universal nature of the characters.
Making movies about people that are generally misunderstood can be difficult at the best of times so here the bunch of mentally challenged basketball players has a fine line to tread, one slip and its good message can be lost or maligned, I must admit I didn’t think Bobby Farrelly would make such a good job of it.
Woody Harrelson plays Marcus, a minor league basketball coach but following a drunk driving charge he is ordered to do 90 days community service with a ‘special’ basketball team.
Coaching a misfit bunch of sportsmen isn’t exactly new, here the intellectually challenged basketball team with dreams of making the special Olympics brings in a social message that hasn’t been explored very much.
Marcus is a single man, a seasoned and good coach for ball skills but his lack of people skills has held him back, understanding his players is more important than ever, each player has his/her own disability, due to Down’s Syndrome or brain injury for example, each player also has special abilities and Marcus is the one with learning difficulties of how to connect with them and people in general. With their new coach the ‘Friends’ basketball team go from strength to strength and make their way up the regional and national championship league, as they all progress, Marcus learns a lot about himself and also falls in love with the sister of one of the team.
The supporting cast add the glue that holds it all together making it heartwarming and a fun journey of discovery for all, the humour works well and didn’t seem exploitative, or overly sentimental , it’s more feel good than feel sorry, a worthwhile watch.
Loved it !!!
So many reasons to love this movie. Its feel good. Its heart warming. The full cast, not simply Woody and Kaitlan were brilliant. The unexpected depth. The humour. The fact its rare such movies are made.
This could have so easily been a poor cliché; hero thrown into an unlikely scenario to “redeem” himself, and in the process grows and learns the real value of life. Yay. HOWEVER, the execution here brings the right balance of heartwarming engagment and a splash of edge to make it a wonderful film.
Each or the cast brings something to the story, which hangs together well and I wish they made more movies like this!
Original Language en
Genre Comedy, Drama, Sport
Director Bobby Farrelly
Writer Mark Rizzo, Javier Fesser, David Marqués
Actors Woody Harrelson, Kaitlin Olson, Matt Cook
Country United States
Awards 1 win
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