'"Spirit of the Game" delivers on half its title's promise'

I reviewed "Spirit of the Game":

“Spirit of the Game” belongs in the category of Mormon cinema that strives more to tell a story about Mormon characters than it does to convey a sermon for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or to make fun of its peculiarities.

It’s a subgenre that seems to be getting more entries lately (as a reviewer and interested observer of this genre, I feel like I’m repeating myself a bit), and it’s a trend I celebrate, but in the unique case of “Spirit of the Game,” the movie’s broadness and its prioritization of culture over dogma actually fuels the movie’s surprise weakness: By skipping the sermons in a movie about missionaries, the characters’ motivations are often muddled, and the result is a movie that has plenty of game, but very little spirit.

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