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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Bewilderingly bad.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The players fall into recognizable stereotypes: the big and clumsy kid, the real talent who's also a showoff, the buffoon, the gross-out guy. But no one is more formulaic than the coach. He starts out smug with the kids and ends up smitten.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I can't recommend the movie, except to younger viewers, but I don't dislike it. It's "Coach Carter" Lite, and it does what it does.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Luke Sader

    Predictable yet passably entertaining.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    The whole thing feels like a half-day of community service, which Lawrence walks through good-naturedly.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Tired comedy about middle school basketball.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film includes some mild language and the sort of physical comedy that shows up in kids' sports movies, such as head-whomps with the ball, punches and falls, and near-the-crotch hits. Coach provides a terrible role model for most of the film, concerned as he is with money and stardom; he soon catches on that the game and teamwork are most important. The film also includes brief shots of a smashed-dead eagle (obviously fake, but yucky), beer labels on TV, a child throwing up, coach's bloody nose, and a ridiculous bit where a preacher prays for the team's success.

  • Families can talk about the lesson that the coach learns: how is it good to be a team member instead of a selfish showboat? How are friendship and honesty more rewarding than making lots of money and being on TV? More interesting, how does the movie challenge gender roles, by making Big Mac the strongest team member and the home ec teacher a man? How might you make a mistake if you judge someone on first appearance, as Keith's mother judges Roy?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Coach is selfish and learns to be a nicer person.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Basketball game-related aggression

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Very mild (for instance, "hell").

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Cars, magazines, Gatorade, Papa John's Pizza and Cinnabon, one background shot of a beer label.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue