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.
Great feel good film
Champions follows the tried and tested formula for most underdog sports movies, offering a nice reminder of how fun and enjoyable it is to watch a great feel good film that’s jokes mostly land and uses it’s accessible nature to inform and educate as well as entertain.
After a few years of supporting performances, it’s great to see Woody Harrelson back in a lead role, flawed but still likeable and always charming. Kaitlin Olson thankfully isn’t wasted and gets plenty of screen time and depth.
However, the films strongest aspect is the friends (and title characters) themselves, always a joy to watch and the film wisely gives them to time to shine on their own a few times, proving they’re just as funny and talented.
Robert Farrelly swaps genres just as well as his brother did with 2018’s Green Book, balancing the humour and heartfelt moments really well, keeping the film moving at a nice place with a fair few montages and plenty of needle drops (maybe too many) to make it more enjoyable.
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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