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Critical Thinking Dvd

The true story of the Miami Jackson High School chess team which was the first inner city team to win the U.S. National Chess Championship.


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Critical Thinking is a 2020 American biographical drama film based on the true story of the Miami Jackson High School chess team, the first inner-city team to win the U.S. National Chess Championship.

Critical Thinking was directed by John Leguizamo, written by Dito Montiel, and stars Leguizamo alongside Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Angel Bismark Curiel, Will Hochman, Corwin Tuggles, Jeffry Batista, Ramses Jimenez, Rachel Bay Jones and Michael K. Williams. It was released on September 4, 2020 by Vertical Entertainment


Set in 1998, Critical Thinking tells the true story of a Cuban-American teacher named Mario Martinez (known to his students as Mr. T) and his national championship-winning chess club at Miami Jackson High School.

Sedrick, an African-American student living in a single-parent household, takes up chess as an elective and meets Mr. T along with Ito, a student who works after school to support his education. The class also includes Rodelay, the class clown, and Gil, who is of Spanish descent.

Mr. T deals with opposition from Principal Kestel, who believes that the class is made up of academic misfits and that the chess club brings little to no glory to the school. Kestel threatens to redirect funding from the chess club to the school’s football team. To offset the price of the registration for the regional competition, Mr. T. uses his personal savings. At the end of the road trip[clarification needed], Sedrick happily tells his dad about his victory. Sedrick’s father tells him to get his life straight and decide on his future rather than waste his time on chess. Ito loses his job and his mother throws him out of her apartment, leading him to quit the chess team. The rest of the team realizes that they need money to register for the state championship. They also need Ito, who previously qualified for the regional. If they can’t achieve both, they risk forfeiting.


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