Champions (2023) Review: A Heart Warming Disney Channel Movie

A few weeks ago, on Saturday Night Live, Woody Harrelson angered left-wing progressives by making a mockery of big pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Moderna stating that they forced the entire world to take their drugs for massive profits.

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“So the movie goes like this, The biggest drug cartels in the world get together and buy up all the media and all the politicians and force all the people in the world to stay locked in their homes.” Harrelson said.

“And people can only come out if they take the cartel’s drugs and keep taking them over and over. I threw they script away. I mean, who was going to believe that crazy idea? Being forced to do drugs? I do that voluntarily all day long!”

Progressives are no longer against big Pharma so he was promptly called an anti-vaxxer for having this opinion.

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It’s a good thing that Woody Harrelson said that because no one would have known about his latest film out in theaters called ‘Champions’ otherwise.

Harrelson is known to be a little bit of a weird dude that is affirmed by his choice of movie roles. This time around Harold tries to do something a little bit different by going the more wholesome route in a film called Champions.

The movie is about an NBA G League coach who loses yet another gig due to his on-court Behavior. Marcus Marokovich, a hot-tempered but skilled assistant coach loses out on another job opportunity After running into a cop car and being convicted of a DUI.

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To avoid 18 months in jail, Marcus decides to coach a special needs basketball team for 3 months while he tries to restore order into his life. Over the next 90 days, Marcus for the first time in his life manages to build relationships with other people that don’t end in termination or arrest.

Champions is a film that is carried on the emotional performances of Woody Harrelson and his co-star Kaitlin Olson. What sometimes feels like a Disney Channel original movie, Harrelson and Olson are likable enough to elevate a script that otherwise wouldn’t have any bite without them.

The film plays off as a modern-day version of The Mighty Ducks with the twist of dealing with individuals with disabilities without being outright exploited. The film is an underdog story even if you don’t get the Cinderella ending that we’re all expecting towards the end.

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The movie’s theme is human growth and building relationships with people around you to become a better person.

The biggest knock on the film is that it is a textbook feel-good movie but feel-good in other stuff is in the bad thing it just puts the movie in a certain ceiling that makes it possible to achieve anything more than that.

The film certainly stretches its runtime to the limits, with about 20 minutes chopped off of its 2-hour run would have done wonders for making a more focused film.

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At the end of the day Champions is a very solid Sports comedy that will please more people than the other way around.





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