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NEW Jackson/ashanti - Coach Carter (Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best, most inspirational sports film in years July 14 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
They seem to come out with a couple of these "coach transforms team" movies every year, and I'll be doggoned if they don't keep getting better and better. It's not hard to make a sports movie; throw some B-ball and cheerleaders in there somewhere, and we guys will watch it. It is hard, however, to make a good sports film. Coach Carter is the best kind of sports film because, when it comes down to it, the heart of the story really isn't about sports at all. It's about changing kids' lives and inspiring/threatening them to go out there and make a better life for themselves. Coach Carter succeeds where Friday Night Lights fails - yes, Friday Night Lights is a terrific film, but the message it conveys in the end is that sports, especially winning, is more important than anything else. Coach Carter cares about his kids a whole lot more than he cares about winning.

The basic story is pretty simple. Coach Carter takes over a team of undisciplined players who are used to losing games and underachieving in the classroom. Things are going to change. He tells the kids that they will win if they do as he says, but they will have to earn it, and they will have to hit the books as well as the courts if they are going to play for him. He makes them sign a contract: they have to agree to maintain a 2.3 GPA, attend all their classes (and sit on the front row), and dress up on game days. These requirements go beyond state guidelines for academic eligibility. Initially, many of the players balk, and one even walks. Coach has his guys ready to play, however, and they start out on a tremendous run. The kids get big heads and so some stupid things - and they pay for it.
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By falcon
for an underdog,inspirational"based on true events movie"this is pretty good.in this one Samuel L.Jackson plays a college basketball coach who transforms a group of students into something more.one of those things is a winning basketball team.but it's much more than that.he also takes them from the "loser"mentality" they've been saddled with most of their lives,and makes them believe in themselves,not just athletically,but also academically and as human beings.but,his methods are unorthodox and harsh.he meets opposition from the parents and the school board itself,which both try to undermine what he is trying to achieve.'ill leave the plot at that.but i will just say one more thing.things don't quite happen the way you would expect.you'll have to watch the movie to find out more.this movie is very dramatic,with less focus on basketball and more on drama.but that's fitting,because the movie is character and story driven,focusing on Coach Carter,but also the students.this movie is more about getting there,than being there.you know,the old cliche "life's a journey,not a destination" so the movie maybe hard to sit through,but you have to stick with it.it's worth it in the end.usually these types of movies(underdog,based on true events)are about as subtle as a sledge hammer with their message of inspiration,and take the term schmaltz to a new level.but not this one.that's one reason i liked it.the other reason:the masterful acting of Samuel.L.Jackson.this guy burns up the screen with presence and charisma,but the emotion he conveys is some thing else.the supporting cast is also strong.for me, "Coach Carter" is a 3.5/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Okay action March 30 2014
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It was okay for action and the story line was good. I can see how it was very frustrating to the coach to have to try to get his boys to toe the line he had set for them. A lot of athletes need to do this so they can get a good education as well as play in the sports.
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By Gerald Parker TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This motion picture has a great, big, wonderful heart! Lots of grit, too. Coach Carter, whose real life story and those of his players the film recounts, has a vision (and the fortitude to carry it out), of high school basketball that does not sacrifice, in the name of high sports achievement, the academic grades, college/university aspirations, and better lives in adulthood for which his young player players also should be striving after high school is over.

Those were realistic goals and reasonable hopes back in 2005, when this film was released. Since then, due to the ongoing (as of 2014 as I write this) collapse of the U.S. economy that set in during 2007-2008, largely due to years of off-shoring American jobs (industrial, office, technical, and much professional work alike) and to the collusion of the cynical financiers of Wall Street and the corrupt U.S. government, such hopes have waned and higher education seems mostly nowadays to leave the young with crushing student debt to pay off without the job prospects that once had been there for graduates to seize hold of. However, this film also, from the educational standpoint, is about staying through high school to graduation with decent marks, and that, at least, would help to prepare American workers for so many of the more menial jobs that are left in the wrecked U.S. economy after the devastations that "Free Trade" policies have inflicted upon the labour market and, also, of the further financial ruin that has set in from 2008 onwards.

However, how it was in 2005 is, in so many essential ways, what the world really should be like and what the promise that civilised life, indeed, should hold!
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