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“One of the greatest sports documentaries I’ve ever seen.” – Dan Dakich, ESPN. “The Hopeful” follows the two-year journey of Cody Keith, a young man from North Carolina whose dream is to become a division I college quarterback. After switching high schools his junior year, Cody and his affluent parents find themselves at the center of a heated debate on the ethics of transferring schools for athletic purposes. The family unwillingly becomes a target of intense media scrutiny that soon spirals out of control. A well-known private quarterback coach then encourages them to move yet again-- this time to Los Angeles, where Cody will play under his supervision. However, after a crushing start to the season, Cody and his family find themselves further from the goal than ever before. Surrounded by mounting pressure and media attention that has followed him across the country, Cody finds himself on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. He realizes that playing for the love of the game is the only way to truly achieve his dreams and in doing so earns one final shot at a college football scholarship. What lies ahead is an opportunity that will test him mentally and physically, pushing him to the limit.
Great story that unfolds beautifully on camera. We loved it!
Anyone who ever wants or has been part of the college recruiting process needs to see this film. Awesome story.
More than a sports documentary, an amazing story of perseverance. Every high school student should watch to see what "whatever it takes," means when pursuing a goal.