Inspiring sports drama


Movie: Coach Carter (2005)

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Rob Brown, Robert Ri'chard

Released in 2005, “Coach Carter” is a nonpareil movie in the motivating and entertaining genre. The film, based on a true story, deals with a boys' high school basketball team that suffers a severe attitude problem. The Richmond High School is one of the worse schools in the area both academically and otherwise. In spite of this, none of the members of the team is serious about basketball, forget about academics.

On court

In comes Ken Carter, himself a graduate from this high school. He is requested to take the coaching position and improve the dismal performance of the pathetic team.

However after accepting the offer he realises that more than skills the players lack the right temperament and attitude for playing something as dignified as basketball.

But not one to give up, Carter not only enforces strict regulations but also increases the number of training sessions. The players also sign a contract requiring them to maintain a GPA of 2.3.

Players suffer from individual problems like lugubrious home environment, drug addiction, dejection from studies and the usual teenage issues. However surprised and inspired by coach Carter's methodology and guidance they begin to perform on court. But as is the case with most young athletes they are unable to cope with their studies, which heavily disappoints and frustrates Carter. When the players are unable to maintain their side of contract he closes the gym, drawing heavy criticism from the community, which is now backing the seemingly insuperable team. Pandemonium ensues leading to the players' taking matters into their own hands with noteworthy maturity and responsibility.

High Points

The film should be seen by all, especially college students and teachers. It is different from other inspiring sports movies like “Remember the Titans” and “Chak De India” because of its memorable dialogues and individual characterisation. It is entertaining because of the thrilling basketball action on court and enthralling altercations and drama off it. Enjoy the movie like a full course dinner with different flavours covering each aspect of human emotion.


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