Deborah Meyers [letters, Aug. 8] criticized "Murderball" even though she hadn't seen the movie. My adult son and I saw it, and we have been recommending it to family and friends.
Ms. Meyers complained that the film focused on sex, but except for some blunt banter by the athletes, what was included was clinical and in keeping with the film's honesty. It also made up a small percentage of the viewing time. The subjects of the film were not portrayed as "starved for sex," as Ms. Meyers said, but as having a normal interest in sex.
I do not agree with Ms. Meyers that this film is about the "heroism of the disabled" or these men proving their masculinity through athleticism. I believe it is about a group of individuals who have excelled spectacularly in significant ways despite dramatic setbacks in their lives.
We all have something to overcome to reach our potential. "Murderball" helps us believe that we can do so, which is what makes it inspiring and important. And it manages to do so without being heavy-handed.
I think people are staying away from this film because of its title. Yes, murderball is what the sport of wheelchair rugby used to be called. But it sounds too much like the kind of movie Hollywood keeps grinding out -- filled with gratuitous violence and sex.
Those are the movies to stay away from. Not this superb work.