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Hoop Dreams Is Now Free On Hulu

I don’t know if it’s true that Hoop Dreams was the documentary that most documentary fans credit with getting them into documentaries, but it sounds about right (that or Roger And Me.) I know when I saw it in 1994 it was only because of the hype — according to Wikipedia the film, which follows two high school students over a period of five years as they attempt to become professional basketball players, was on more critics’ top ten lists than Pulp Fiction. I didn’t think I could possibly sit through “a movie about sports,” much less be transfixed by it. But I now I know I can sit through a movie about anything if it’s a well-done documentary about amazing people overcoming huge obstacles. Thanks, Hoop Dreams. As of last night, Hoop Dreams is streaming free in its entirety on Hulu.