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Release Date: December 6th, 2013

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
Lenny Cooke, a once top-ranked high-school basketball player, learns a heartbreaking lesson in 2002 when he decides to skip college and place all his hopes on the NBA draft.

Director: Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Shop Korn Productions

Ratings & Reviews

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  • While it verges on exploitation of the gentle giant at its core, it's also an effective bit of human drama, competently, and sometimes movingly, telling a story that deserves to be told. show more

  • Lenny Cooke is humbling, as well as a cautionary tale for young people thinking they can make the big time. show more

  • While a composited scene, in which has-been Lenny lectures his younger self about work ethic and wisdom, has an undeniable poignancy, actual tragedy remains far beyond the film's grasp -- as does any illumination beyond the unsurprising suggestion that Cooke just didn't want success as much as peers like LeBron James. show more

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