I Hate Christian Laettner (2015)

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Director: Rory Karpf

Cast: Rob Lowe, Christian Laettner, Dick Vitale

Screenplay: Rory Karpf

90 mins. Not Rated.

 

ESPN’s Documentary Series 30 for 30 documents major events and stories from the world of sports. Today, we are going to cover one of the more recent entries entitled I Hate Christian Laettner.

Christian Laettner is well-known in the world of college basketball…as perhaps the most hated player in the game’s history. In this compelling documentary narrated by Rob Lowe (TV’s The West Wing, Sex Tape), documentarian Rory Karpf searches for the reason why one of the best players in the game was also one of the worst.

This is a great doc, even for someone like myself who doesn’t watch college basketball. Karpf is unbiased as he covers the topic from many biased opinions in attempting to understand exactly why Christian Laettner became such a pariah.

From many viewpoints, like actor and alum Ken Jeong and ESPN analyst Dick Vitale, and Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski, we get to see the man known as the “Blue Devil” of Duke for what he really was: a man brought who learned from his surroundings and pushed his teammates to and, often, over the edge.

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I Hate Christian Laettner is one of the more entertaining documentaries in recent memory and a great experience for anyone to be a part of, though perhaps not for the Blue Devil.

 

4.5/5

-Kyle A. Goethe

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