Movie: Coach Carter

comment
Our Rating: 3.00

Haven't we all heard enough bitching about spoiled professional athletes with bad-boy attitudes? Based on a true story, Coach Carter refreshingly attacks the subject from a grassroots point of view. Samuel L. Jackson stars as a successful business owner who returns to the high school where he was an all-American basketball player, to coach a team of (mostly) academically failing bad boys with a pathetic win-loss record. Why? Because he's a good man, a role model through and through. As the plot ambles along fairly predictably, we get to know the softer side of the kids and their typical problems – Dad's in jail, girlfriend's pregnant, drug dealing. But the surprises come in filmmaker Thomas Carter's refusal to wholly give in to clichés. Coach Carter has no skeletons in his closet; he's a loving father and husband, and an exemplary human being. Jackson's impeccable performance as a demanding, unwavering but likeable character scores the film's point: If school leaders and parents allow athletic performance to overshadow education and self-discipline, is it any wonder that professional athletes lack moral fiber?

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.