By OSV News
Forceful fact-based drama, set in 1984, charts the efforts of a marketing executive (Matt Damon) to rescue the failing basketball division of Nike by signing rookie Michael Jordan and creating the Air Jordan brand. After winning over the company’s initially skeptical founder and CEO (Ben Affleck), he teams with the head of his department (Jason Bateman) and a co-worker (Chris Tucker) to foster the project and pitches the idea to Jordan’s irascible agent (Chris Messina). But the person he really needs to convince turns out to be the athlete’s wise and wary mom (Viola Davis).
Affleck, who also directed, manages to build suspense despite the obviously well-known outcome of his story (scripted by Alex Convery). Viewers will be cheering his protagonist on as the visionary businessman uses ingenuity, innovative thinking and persistence to overcome long odds. The film’s macho milieu, however, is marked by relentless swearing, making this a fit choice for grown-ups only.
A few uses of profanity, numerous milder oaths, pervasive rough and much crude language, an obscene gesture. The OSV News classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.