The weekend is upon us and I have the perfect activity for you. Go see SMALLFOOT it is in theaters, Friday, September 28th. Children are not a requirement to see the movie. It is funny, it has a great storyline, it talks about honesty, you laugh, you dance, oh and there is some dope girl power happening.
On Friday, John Wall, NBA player for the Washington Wizards and his John Wall Foundation hosted a SMALLFOOT movie screening for the city youth. The kids gathered at the Regal Gallery Place Theater. They had snacks in hand, they were excited to see the movie and to get a glimpse of John Wall himself. Here is a little bit of John Wall’s story, it will help put things in perspective for you.
John Wall rubs his scraggly beard and hops on the pool table in the players’ lounge of the Verizon Center, his languid, 6-foot-4, frame unfolding as he leans back. “Shoot,” he says. All right. Where would you be if the NBA never worked out for you — the money, the fame, the whole package? “I’d probably be in the streets or in jail,” he responds, emotionless. The 24-year-old All-Star point guard sits upright and thinks on it some more.
“A lot of people in the league will say that. But this really was my escape,” he explains. “Without basketball, that’s where I was going. No sense lyin’ about it or comin’ up with somethin’ that sounds good. I was going down the same road as my dad.”
When you get out and you make it, you give back and that is what John does. If you live in the DC area you’ve probably heard about the donations he has made, or the backpack drives he has hosted, or various ways he remains active in his community via his foundation. Your circumstances don’t have to determine your outcome in life.
Before we left, the kids and I took this dope picture with John.
Community is a strong theme in SMALLFOOT so it was fitting that John was doing just that.
The cast was perfect: Common: Stonekeeper, LeBron James: Gwangi, Zendaya: Meechee, Yara Shahidi: Brenda, James Corden: Percy, Channing Tatum: Migo, Jimmy Tatro: Thorp, Danny Devito: Dorgle, Gina Rodriguez: Kolka
We all enjoyed the movie, here are some of our thoughts:
- LittleCuteLips and I danced a bit, the music was good.
- We all laughed out loud several times.
- There is a great example of Girl Power in the movie and our girls need to see that.
- There is a recurring theme of community and the importance of having one another’s back.
- They teach us the importance of knowing our history, even if it is not pretty.
- Then they teach us to come together.
It is animated, and it is so freaking funny, yet it touches on things that are going on today. They are not overt, and the movie is not heavy by any means.
GO SEE SMALLFOOT OPENING WEEKEND! THE MOVIE IS IN THEATERS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH!