Through the stories of a Hispanic girls soccer team at Kelly High School in Chicago, In the Game illustrates the enormous challenges facing inner-city girls in their quest for higher education and, most importantly, success in life.
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Great subject, great people, good politics, human, important stuff, but conventional documentary manipulative ways of the movie get in the way and are insulting in both directions, to viewers and the subjects. Intrinsically interesting and dramatic material does not need for us to be extrinsicaly prodded and nudged.
This documentary is more about the struggles of the young ladies trying to find their footing in life and who are forever bound by their experiences and love of their high school soccer team. It is touching & heartfelt as well as depressing and full of real life trials and tribulations. Having grown up playing soccer all my life and remaining a soccer fan to this day, I responded very viscerally to this documentary.
"I don't understand how you couldn't look at it through a racial justice lens." The tragic stillbirth sadly seems to be the defining trope, but only insofar as it's linked to the touching surprise birthday party for the coach.