Movie critic Grae Drake reviews 'Backspot'

THURSDAY. 101 DEGREES OR HOTTER BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK. PAUL: CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE IN TWO WEEKS. IT WAS AMBITIOUS TO THINK YOU COULD GO TWICE. THE NEW MOVIE A CHILLY STRUGGLE STRAND OF THE PRESSURE WHICH HE AND GIRLFRIEND ARE BOTH CHOSEN FOR AN ELITE CHEER SQUAD. ISN’T IT

ANY GOOD? MOVIE CRITIC IS HERE WITH HER REVIEW. IS IT WORTH IT? WELCOME BACK. GO SEE THIS MOVIE. I ALWAYS LOVE — STILL FUN TO SEE ALL OF THAT. CHEERLEADERS ARE ATHLETES I DON’T KNOW IS TO GET ENOUGH CREDIT FOR HOW MUCH WORK THEY’RE DOING. THAT IS REALLY

PRESENT IN THIS MOVIE. THE FIRST THING THE WAS IMPRESSIVE AND WE SAW ALMOST LIKE A DOCUMENTARY SO IT FEELS VERY REAL EVEN THOUGH THESE ARE ACTRESSES. ALSO THIS MAIN CHARACTER IS UNUSUAL BECAUSE IN THIS REALLY HIGH-PRESSURE WORLD SHE SUFFERS FROM ANXIETY AND THE CONDITION WHERE SHE PULLS OUT

EYEBROW HAIRS. THERE’S A NAME FOR THAT. THERE IS A NAME FOR THAT. NOW THERE’S A TREATMENT AS HOLY PEOPLE SUFFER FROM THIS. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE GREAT EXAMPLES OF HOW MOVIES AND TV SHOWS CAN TEACH YOU THINGS. I THOUGHT THIS MOVIE WAS ALL A REALLY BIG SURPRISE.

YOU CAN APPLY THAT TO ALL KINDS OF THINGS BESIDES CHEERLEADING, THE PRESSURE OF PERFORMANCE. RIGHT. THESE ARE LITERAL CHILDREN. THAT IS A HIGH-PRESSURE VIBE. NEXT IS EZRA. REAL-LIFE COUPLE IN HIS MOVIE PLAYING

DIVORCED PARENTS OF EZRA. EZRA HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM, AND THEY’RE JUST LEARNING HOW TO

PARENT AND HOW TO EXIST AND WHEN EVERYTHING DECIDE TO GO ON A ROAD TRIP. IT REALLY CHANGES BOTH OF THEIR LIVES. THE STRENGTH OF EZRA IS SIMILAR TO BACKSPOT. IT’S UNREALISTIC IT SEEMS. LIKE IT BASICALLY PUTS FORWARD THE IDEA LIKE THERE’S NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL METHOD OF PARENTING. YOU NEED

TO KNOW WHO YOUR CHILD IS AND HOW TO GUIDE YOUR CHILD INTO THE PLACE YOU WANTED TO GO. THEY CAST A NEURODIVERGENT KID. AMAZING BECAUSE I LEARNED A FULLY INFORMED ABOUT THAT STUFF EITHER. YOU HAVE ROBERT DENIRO AS THE GRANDFATHER SO THERE’S TONS OF TALENT. TONS OF INFORMATION.

TEACHING US IN ALL THE MOVIES. GRAB YOUR KLEENEX BOX. JIM HENSON, WHAT A TREASURE. WE TALKED ABOUT IT IS THE POLICY DOCUMENT IT LAST WEEK IN THE BEACH BOYS. SIMILARLY THIS ONE DOESN’T TELL YOU MAYBE THE DARKER SIDE OF JIM HENSON. WHAT IT’S EXPLORING IS HOW MUCH JIM

HENSON CONTRIBUTED TO OUR WORLD. WE HAVE GOT JIM HENSON SESAME STREET, MUPPETS, DARK CRYSTAL LABYRINTH AND ALL OF HIS THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT RON HOWARD DIRECTED THIS ONE. INFORMATIVE AND WILL EVENTUALLY MAKE YOU WEEP BECAUSE KERMIT DESHA IDENTITY TO KEEP IT TOGETHER. IF YOU’RE CRYING MAYBE I

WILL CRY, TOO. THEY CALL ME WATERWORKS. OKAY. I AM SENSITIVE. THESE ALL SOUNDS GOOD.

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