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Slamma Jamma

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This well-intentioned sports drama — based very loosely on the life of slam-dunk champion Kenny Dobbs — occasionally comes to tepid life on basketball courts. But a weak script, together with production values indicative of a low budget, keep it hobbled as a story of redemption and Christian faith. Chris Staples (a former Harlem Globetrotter in real life) plays a onetime college star who has to rebuild his life after serving a six-year prison term for armed robbery, during which he embraces evangelical Christianity. Writer-director Tim Chey comes up with little other than cliched dialogue.
Watch out for: A single scene of gun violence, some trash-talking.
Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: PG

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