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NEW Jackson/ashanti - Coach Carter (Blu-ray)
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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 12 16 2008 Run time: 136 minutes Rating: Pg13
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished 22 months ago by suzanne burgess
They don't make movies like this anymore, if you love movie this is a must see, this is one of his best movies and he has been in a lot of crappy movies.Published on Sept. 11 2013 by Shaq the soccer P
Not just a basketball movie. Of course the american way of romancing but great values. My son's last year basketball coach used a lot of the principles in the movie (including... Read morePublished on July 18 2013 by B. Leboeuf
I had already seen this movie and I loved the truth and value it refects. Life lessons for everyone. Makes us reflect our own life.Published on March 16 2013 by Lorette
very enjoyable movie, very inspirational. great for anyone to watch. seller was quick, no damage to packaging. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2012 by Chad