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Sundance Review: ‘Linsanity’

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Leong’s documentary is a skillful mix of interviews, home movies, NBA film and candid moments. He hits on the issues of racism and Lin’s religious faith, but he doesn’t hit you over the head with them.

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And how do you not love a movie in which Kobe Bryant is the villain? The Lakers star repeatedly told the press he’d never heard of Lin well after Linsanity began — until Lin helped the Knicks beat the Lakers.

In the documentary, Lin says he knew he’d be asked about that after the game. And he admits he planned to say, "Who the hell is Kobe Bryant?"

But then he thought — What would Jesus do? "And Jesus probably wouldn’t say that."

This is the feel-good movie of the festival. And the fact that it’s a real story is the most unbelievable thing about "Linsanity."

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—Scott D. Pierce

"Linsanity" screens Tuesday, Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. Library Center Theatre, Park City; Saturday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., Temple Theatre, Park City; and Sunday Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City.

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