“Dwayne, you can get through college half-assed. Richard, you can get through LIFE half-assed. But I’ll guarantee you boys one thing: sure as hell, I’ll guarantee you this: you cannot *win* half-assed!” – Pete Bell
Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Sep 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A veteran University Basketball Coach much navigate the murky ethical waters when trying to recruit new players for his team.
My Take on it – Sometimes movies have a great premise, but just don’t know how to deliver them properly.
This movie is a perfect example of that; the idea of having a coach with a conscience try to decide what is more important to him is done well.
Nick Nolte was a great choice for the lead role, because he knows well how to play the kind of character that can blow up in a second, but also give off enough confidence that he knows what he’s doing.
Unfortunately, there is no real chemistry between Nolte and Mary McDonnell, (who plays his ex-wife who is still his best friend) and their relationship here brings forth more questions than answers because they just don’t mesh together well enough.
All in all, this movie feels too generic and although it tries to tackle an important issue, it falls flat too quickly and doesn’t recover.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea, but come across as too generic and doesn’t really hit as hard as it should. Nolte is good as the coach who likes to do things his way. The chemistry between McDonnell and Nolte is bland and it’s hard to believe their relationship.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shaquille O’Neal’s first film. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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