2013 PG 1h 29m DVD


2013 PG 1h 29m DVD
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Director Evan Jackson Leong profiles his longtime friend, Jeremy Lin, in this engrossing examination of the star basketball player's humble beginnings, college days at Harvard, religious beliefs and high-scoring 2012 season with the New York Knicks.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Linsanity is a documentary about Jeremy Lin, the NBA player who made headlines in February 2012 for coming off the bench an unknown and then leading the New York Knicks to a winning streak that created an overnight success dubbed "Linsanity." The documentary chronicles how Lin, who grew up in Northern California, had to battle prejudice, disinterest from Division 1 colleges, and disappointment dealing with the draft and several team trades before exploding onto the scene in 2012. Although several derogatory terms are hurled against Lin ("chink" and "Chinaman," for example), the comments provide a teachable moment for parents and older kids to discuss bigotry and overcoming discrimination, in sports and in life.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Not applicable


Infrequent language, but it includes the many racial slurs and taunts Lin heard while playing, including "Chinaman," "chink," "slant eyes," "Go back to China," and "Can you see out of those eyes?"

Social Behavior

Jeremy Lin's ambition to make his NBA dreams a reality is a lesson to everyone who loves a sport but is considered an underdog. As an Asian-American, Lin proves that even today athletes have to face racial discrimination and taunts. He overcomes the insults and racial epithets to concentrate on the game and help his team. The documentary shows how discipline, family support, and self-confidence all play important roles in how to succeed at a sport.


Occasional shots of Nike apparel and sports memorabilia, particularly of Lin's jersey from his time with the New York Knicks.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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