Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot, the second documentary from Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, is no Hoop Dreams, but critics predict a slam-dunk with roundball and hip-hop aficionados. The film follows eight high school phenoms through a high-profile Harlem pick-up game and “offers a snapshot of the kind of top players who one day hope to have a shoe named after them,” writes Variety’s Ronnie Scheib.
“The big fun is in the name recognition,” says Bill Goodykoontz of the Arizona Republic, since players like Michael Beasley and Kevin Love have gone on to be stars. But don’t expect much emotion from the film. The big game ends up being a defense-free contest “edited as an over-caffeinated highlights reel,” writes the Washington Post’s Mike Mayo. “It’s cool and forgettable.”