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Family Movie Review: Venus and Serena (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13        Length: 95 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. There’s some cursing, but that’s about it. Otherwise it’s a fairly straightforward documentary about the sisters.

If you’re a fan of Venus and Serena Williams, then ‘Venus and Serena’ will be right up your alley—it does nothing to besmirch or sully the reputations of the sisters as hard-working, phenomenally talented athletes. But its refusal to probe deeper at them, swapping in talking-head commentary instead of more intense analysis, leaves it lacking.

By Roxana Hadadi

There is a certain kind of hero worship that goes into celebrity documentaries. We’ve seen the worst kind of it with “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” and “Mindless Behavior: All Around the World,” but those were concert films—basically advertisements for the performers. “Venus and Serena,” about the super-successful Williams sisters, is different than those most obviously because it’s about their sport—but it still, disappointingly, feels like a love letter rather than an analysis. Filmmakers Maiken Baird and Michelle Major just don’t probe enough.

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