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Coach Carter

A movie directed by Thomas Carter

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Samuel L Jackson is the movie

  • May 10, 2009
The storyline has been done to death: determined coach comes to rescue the kids. This time it is a largely minority basketball team and Ken Carter, who played for Richmond High thirty years ago, comes to turn the kids into students, athletes and a team in that order.

Lots of basketball, lots of insights into the kids and their lives. Gritty, gritty, gritty. The script is above average as are most of the performances.

But there is never any doubt that this movie is a star vehicle for Samuel L. Jackson. He is the movie. He overpowers everything and everyone around him. I am sure that real movie critics have a set of words for this kind of bravura performance.

Jackson is simply great and he carries the movie on his shoulders, rendering Ken Carter as a truly fine man, someone who cares about the kids entrusted to his harsh discipline and clear goals.

If you want to be inspired, if you want to feel that there is hope out there, see this movie: Samuel L. Jackson's Ken Carter will convince you that there is a chance things will come out okay.


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review by . March 23, 2006
I really enjoyed the movie and was actually inspired by the end of the film. The film was a little corny and syrupy from time to time but it was an overall good, positive film. I have read and heard so many comments about the morals and unacceptable behavior portrayed by some of the characters and in turn viewers bad-mouth the film simply because they do not agree with some of the behavior of the some of the characters in the film. But these people obviously missed the point of the film. Coach Carter …
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In the tradition of LEAN ON ME and DANGEROUS MINDS comes COACH CARTER, an inspirational drama starring Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson portrays real-life figure Ken Carter, who graduated from California's Richmond High only to return there years later, in 1999, and take over as head coach of the boys' basketball team. Unfortunately, the troubled school he remembered as a teenager is an even more insufferable place in his adulthood. Determined to make a change in his players' lives, Carter makes each young man sign a contract that ensures he will maintain a 2.3 GPA, attend every class, and wear a jacket and tie on game day. Of course, the players reject the contract at first, but when they realize that they don't have any other choice, they give in. And when it appears that their tough-as-nails coach is actually turning them into winners on the court, they embrace their coach's philosophy even further. But when Coach Carter receives the incomprehensibly awful progress reports of his players, he does the unthin...
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Director: Thomas Carter
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: John Gatins
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
Runtime: 2hr 16min
Studio: Paramount
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