Number of Times Seen – Twice (29 Apr 2008 and 6 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A tough basketball coach is hired to help lead a high school team to victory on and off the court.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing a few years after it came out and was quite inspired by it.
The story works quite well and shows how a coach can be such a positive influence on his players both on and off the court.
Samuel L. Jackson is amazing in the title role and shows that his strong persona can work in this kind of role also.
He is able to make us believe the methods he imbues into his players as they try to learn more about life in a town where you either play basketball or become part of a gang on the streets.
The biggest problem with this film is the fact that the players themselves aren’t developed well enough and they mostly feel like caricatures or stereotypes the entire way through.
The story presented here is quite uplifting because it shows that their is hope for student athletes who think they only have two choices in life; basketball or gangs.
This film shows that they can also find a way to alter their path in life to do something even more constructive if the sports aspect doesn’t manage to pan out.
Bottom Line – Great sports movie that shows the way a coach can be a positive influence on the players on his team both on and off the court. Jackson is superb in the title role and manages to make us believe his methods of teaching his players in order to help that have great lives with or without basketball. The players themselves aren’t developed well enough on a whole and too many of them feel like caricatures and stereotypes the whole way through. The story is uplifting and is a great example of how to help high school athletes find a path in life that could be useful to them no matter what they choose to do. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first time Samuel L. Jackson met the real Ken Carter was at a high school basketball game. A big fan of the sport, Jackson says: “He was pretty amazing and knew as much as I did about basketball.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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