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Coach Carter
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06.19.2005 By: Quigles
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Director:
Thomas Carter

Actors:
Samuel L. Jackson
Rob Brown
Robert Riíchard

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In the poor area of Richmond, California, Ken Carter takes charge as a basketball coach, and fights his way to transform a team of rowdy boys into a team of accomplished men. Based on a true story.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There are way too many problems with COACH CARTER to call it great, but it certainly has itís heart in the right place. The first obvious issue is the script, which is both overlong and cookie-cutter. Almost all of the actors play stock characters, and that includes Jackson. Carter is extremely ďin your faceĒ and actually a bit obnoxious at times, but luckily, with Samuelís charisma, heís able to pull it off. Sadly, I canít say the same for the other young stars, who play very simple characters in very simple subplots. They are fairly good actors (except for the irritating Ashanti), so that helps the process, but it isnít enough. The central theme focusing on education over sports, however, more than makes up for it. So even though the movie has loads of flaws, itís still worth recommending to young sport-loving moviegoers, even if itís just to open their eyes on the matter. Itís okay to be obsessed with sports, as long as it doesnít affect your grades.

When I think about it, the only major problem with this flick isnít that itís by-the-numbers, but rather that weíve seen it all before, and in better movies too. Thereís FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, MIRACLE, REMEMBER THE TITANS, THE REPLACEMENTS, HARDBALL, RADIO, HOOSIERS, SUNSET PARK, and many more, to just name a few (yes, that was sarcasm). All of these are inspirational tales consisting of coaches leading their teams to victory, many of which are based on true stories (just like COACH CARTER). So what makes this flick so special? Nothing really. But if you like sports movies like the ones listed above, donít mind ghetto talk, and are a big fan of basketball, then you can be sure youíll still find plenty to love in this film. Besides, a movie with Sam ďBad-assĒ Jackson canít be all bad, can it?
THE EXTRAS
There isnít much in the way of extras, but I was grateful with what I got.

Coach Carter: The Man Behind the Movie (19:41): A very nice featurette about the real life coach, as well as the true events portrayed in the movie. Most of it consists of interviews from the filmmakers, the basketball players, and the actual Ken Carter. A nice watch for fans.

Fast Break at Richmond High (11:40): Another decent behind-the-scenes featurette, this time exploring how the basketball scenes were done in they movie, and how hard the actors had to work on them. Check it out.

Deleted Scenes (12:12): We get six of them, which if Iím correct, were all cut for time constraints. Some of them are humorous, while others include a bit more of the playerís lives and Carterís personal life.

We also get a Music Video by Twista, called ďHopeĒ, as well as 4 Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Itís hard to knock down a movie for itís flaws when it has such a wonderful theme, so Iíll only say this: watch it if you like basketball, watch it if you love the sports genre, and watch it if you think Samuel L. Jackson is one bad-ass mother- SHUT YO MOUTH!

Seriously though, I recommend this movie to be seen by any teen that seems to be more wrapped up in sports than in school, which is (unfortunately) quite a lot.
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