The Beat/Rock the Paint/Junior's Groove [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Rock the Paint
A high school basketball player from Indiana finds his fate careening down an increasingly uncertain path when his family moves to Newark, New Jersey in his senior year and he befriends an inner city basketball phenomenon who may be able to lead them to the state championships. Indiana teen Josh Sendler (Douglas Smith) expected to spend his senior year surrounded by lush cornfields, so when his family moves to Newark it feels like world is suddenly turned upside down. There, on the concrete courts of New Jersey, Josh makes the acquaintance of a talented young basketball player named Antwon (Kevin Phillips). Together, Josh and Antwon form a formidable team on the court, a team that could accomplish great things if it wasn't for the racism that's about to set these streets ablaze. Will Josh and Antwon's friendship prove strong enough to endure the challenges that lit ahead and lead them to true victory? Wyclef Jean provides original music for this gritty sports drama from director Phil Bertelsen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Junior's Groove
In this Canadian film, overweight piano prodigy Junior Brown (Martin Villafana) searches for a piano because his goofy mother (Lynn Whitfield) severed the strings on the family piano. Since paranoid Miss Peebs (Margot Kidder), his piano teacher, won't let him finger her keyboard, he has to run scales on her dining room table. Fortunately, Junior has a friend -- troubled Buddy Clark (Rainbow Sun Francks) who lost his family in a fire when he was a young child. Buddy goes out with a teen runaway (Sarah Polley), and he helps eccentric school janitor Mr. Pool (Clark Johnson) construct a model of the solar system in the school basement. Junior's frustrations mount as his quest continues. Music includes Chopin's "Prelude No. 4". Shown at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

The Beat
Director and writer Brandon Sonnier's The Beat is an urban drama that uses the same storytelling technique as the Gwyneth Paltrow romantic comedy Sliding Doors. Flip (Rahman Jamaal) must decide if he will join the police force or if he will attempt to live his dream of becoming a rap star. The film intercuts both of Flip's possible futures. The Beat was screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kevin L. Phillips
    Kevin L. Phillips - Antwon Jackson
  • Douglas Smith
    Douglas Smith - Josh Sendler
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    Christopher Innvar - Lenny
  • John Doman
    John Doman - Father Pete
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    Jas Anderson - T-Bone
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