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FILM REVIEW U. Ashanti Douglas Running Time: 2 hours and 14 minutes MPAA Rating: PG-13 (violence. Release Date: January 14. Channing Tatum. Michael Tollin Composer: Trevor Rabin Cast: Samuel L. Mark Schwahn Producer: Thomas Carter (executive).S. language. 2005 Distributor: Paramount Director: Thomas Carter Writer: John Gatins. Brian Robbins. sexual content. teen partying and some drug material) . Jackson.

a simple tale of a goal-driven man of principle beats a million- dollar downfall any day. a view which Coach regards as contemptible determinism. made money and. of course. Mr. and the whistle blows more than once or twice. a top basketball player who returned to high school to coach a team of hooligans. a showdown and the big game. Early on. This bunch of locker room losers need guidance and discipline. he has known athletic glory. they're a pre- pubescent group of changing voices and pent-up anger raised by unwed mothers and crack dealers in broken homes and filthy haunts. He's also a natty dresser and a real man. with a tournament. they strut—and they each know their hearts beat at the whim of whatever's sliming around the next lamppost on the way home from practice. Coach (Samuel L. the court. In the middle-class of a poor California city.Graduating with Honors by Scott Holleran Director Thomas Carter's story of a basketball coach's mission to remake high school athletes. As Coach Carter. a romance. Despite its fouls. he's living a good life. Jackson) is a self-made businessman who lives by moral absolutes. not just in their postures. Based on the true story of Ken Carter. he snaps back with a few lines that lets the brutes know this is one member of the faculty who doesn't substitute familiarity with gangsta rap culture for doing his job. For this reviewer. Carter takes on the whole blasted town. is practically a throwback to movies like Boys Town and To Sir. when Coach's attire nets a derogatory reference to the N word. A gymnasium scene highlights the movie's theme that good choices. Coach Carter. Yet Coach Carter aims to rack up a victory on and off the scoreboard. Plenty of game ought to satisfy the sports fan. man-to-man offense that works over the toughest resistance to sappy sports dramas. Call him Sir Coach-a-Lot. Among his demands: the kids and their parents sign an agreement to achieve decent grades in order to play ball. Jackson's layered performance is a slam dunk—the type that's not likely to be noticed by limousine liberals—with a broad range of emotions beneath a hardened exterior. We've been down this dark alley before—from The Blackboard Jungle to Dangerous Minds—but fear lives in these boys' eyes. and he's not about to waste time granting pity to the undeserving. with noisy soundtrack songs—it's an MTV co-production—droning over unnecessary shots of cheerleaders and fans. Coach Carter takes a direct. Save the Last Dance) injects several shots of adrenalin. Confrontations come in waves. A pool party drags the progression and talented Miss Morgan (Eve's Bayou) as Coach's squeeze is reduced to cheering in the stands. and academic performance comes first. shining in a tough role) and a supportive girlfriend (smart. With Love. They dribble. Editing is director Carter's weak spot. in a raw and moving act) or talking down the school's union- mentality principal (Denise Dowse). they jostle. make a man's character. honest and daring. . with a sharp son (Robert Ri'chard. When some of the teammates violate the contract. This dude is twice as tough as Shaft. though instrumental music is actually good when it's allowed to play. Director Carter (Swing Kids. and it's not as easy to call as one might suspect. but this is not a sports movie and player individuality develops off. not on. whether staring down a scrawny but lethal thug (Rick Gonzalez. sexy Debbi Morgan). not environment. as a team. a mob of parents and public school bureaucrats that treat playing ball as a kid's destiny. One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn's and Hardball screenwriter John Gatins' script is clear.

Players should always arrive to practice on time 2. In a season of drunks and doomed athletes. Athletes need to be well conditioned 4. MORAL VALUE: 1. and they will show it back 3. . The team is one unit 7. Education is important 5. The little stats really do matter 6. Show your players respect. Winning doesn’t mean everything. is not ready for the screen. laughter and empathy while shooting its hoops—and that's worth a million. Coach Carter is an entertaining picture that provokes thought. in her movie debut. She doesn't match Rob Brown (Finding Forrester) whose role as her bright basketball player boyfriend is one of the best. Channing Tatum as the token white boy also stands out. though she gets better when her character makes one of the boldest choices in a movie about the role of making choices.Singer Ashanti.

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