I Hate Christian Laettner online movie review - Very funny and entertaining portrait of a jerk who really wasn't that bad of a guy
There's no denying that Christian Laettner was an exceptional college basketball player, but his cocky and fiercely competitive persona, handsome looks, remarkable winning streak (he played in four final games and helped his college win two national championships throughout the course of four years!
), and the simple fact that he attended the notoriously preppy'n'privileged Duke University made him a much despised figure in his prime. Well, it turns out that there's a bit more to Laettner than meets the eye: Contrary to popular belief, Laettner was actually from a scrappy lower middle-class blue collar background instead of born into wealth, his innate toughness and bully-like nature stemmed from the rough tutelage he received from his extremely demanding older brother Chris, his reason for occasionally coming down hard on his teammates was done to get them to kick up their game when it counted most (teammate Bobby Hurley in particular really got the brunt of this), and, even though his whiteness defied rather defined 1990's black hip hop culture, Laettner was close friends with black teammate Grant Hill, which later served as prime fodder for a pernicious gay rumor about Laettner. By presenting all sides of the matter through illuminating interviews with family, friends, coaches, fellow teammates, rival teammates, and Laettner himself, director Rory Karpf states a credible case that all the hatred folks still feel for Laettner isn't 100% warranted. Smoothly narrated by Rob Lowe, this documentary overall makes for a highly rewarding viewing experience regardless of whether you like or dislike Christian Laettner.