Gunnin' for That #1 Spot
Gunnin' for That #1 Spot (2008)

On the corner of 155th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem lies Rucker Park. By appearances, the concrete pavement, anchored on one side by its run down slab bleachers, is no different than any other basketball court in the city, but… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 27, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beastie Boy Adam Yauch proves his worth as a director with Gunnin' for That #1 Spot, a fun-filled chronicle of the top high school hoopsters of 2006.

David Jenkins
Time Out

A spunky, impassioned and resourceful doc on the cutthroat world of US college basketball made for a pittance by Adam Yauch.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

A funkier, shallower version of 1994's Hoop Dreams, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's doc follows eight high school basketball phenoms as they head to Harlem's asphalt mecca, Rucker Park, to take part in 2006's Elite 24 tournament.

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot might intrigue hardcore basketball fans-several of these young players are newly minted NBA draft picks-but even then, you'll have to contend with the shockingly unimaginative soundtrack.

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Doug Knoop
Seattle Times

In the opening section of the film, we get to know them through interviews, game footage and scenes of family life. It's here where the film shines, giving us a glimpse into what it's like for young athletes being groomed for the NBA.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The film is well shot and edited, backed with a bouncy hip-hop soundtrack and full of pep.

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Jennifer Merin

The extraordinary athleticism and skills of these teenagers, all prime prospects for eventual NBA stardom, makes this a game you really want to see.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It's a fly-on-the-wall look at eight prodigiously talented kids hooking up to play ball in the big city, and as such, it's a great deal of fun.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

A cool look at superstars-to-be paying respect to Harlem's Rucker Park on their path to hoops greatness.

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Brian Orndorf

Spot provides the basics with foot-tapping, head-bobbing flamboyance, providing the viewer with a serious helping of heart, soul, and scorching basketball action blended up into a taut, explosive documentary.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"Gunnin' for That #1 Spot" is a haphazardly constructed documentary centering on the Elite 24 game in 2006, a glorified all-star game featuring… More
matt sigur
Having just seen Hoop Dreams, this film doesn't compare. I mean it's Hoop Dreams - ultra light, with 10 kids, instead of 2. And the thing is, this… More
James Bond, Jr.
Pretty cool documentary about some young basketball players trying to show their worth before going into college. Directed by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.