The Red Sneakers

Network Premier: February 10, 2002
Dove "Family-Approved"
For Ages 12 and Over


“The Red Sneakers” is the story of a young boy named Reggie, who is given a pair of shoes that provide him with the talents to be a great basketball player.

Dove Review

“The Red Sneakers” is an enjoyable movie based around inner desires, and what one knows is right as far as actions go. In this movie, a young boy named Reggie has to learn that playing basketball well is not the only way to gain friendships and other relationships, that he should stick with what he’s good at and not steal the show away from those who depend solely on one talent.

Reggie is fortunate enough to have been given a pair of red sneakers that give him a talent in basketball, his innermost desire. Through his experience he learns to improve his ability in math in new and creative ways to save the team, then to give back what he has taken from the team in the end. Reggie’s actions throughout the movie are those of a typical teenager, though slightly exaggerated; desiring popularity and notoriety even if it requires stepping on a few people. Then the movie turns around to focus on the inner battle over how to behave against what one wants, and what one should do.

Though this movie does have several instances of profanity, it is nothing too severe. Because the overall content is well-displayed, the film is approved for ages 12 and up.

Content Description

Language: Some profanity.


Reviewer: Sara Long
Source: Network
Company: Showtime Networks, Inc.
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 108 min.
Industry Rating: TV-14