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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There is nothing to complain about except the film's deadening predictability and the bland, shallow characters.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie does say a lot about female athletes and the changing role of women in American society, but in aggressively pursuing the formula, writer-director-producer Tim Chambers is prone to exaggeration and a moralizing tone.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The film doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: a story of one woman overcoming low expectations. Gugino and Burstyn and the young performers playing the young players do likewise.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Tame girls' basketball tale is sentimental but inspiring.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family-friendly sports tale is based on the true story of Cathy Rush, who coached the basketball team of a tiny Catholic women's college near Philadelphia to national glory. There's nothing objectionable in this G-rated drama, but there are a couple of themes that may go over the head of very young viewers, like the mentions of feminism and marriage and college financing. But the actual story of the girls' practicing, becoming a cohesive team, and competing against area rivals should inspire kids to keep working hard to achieve their own athletic and personal goals, even if the odds don't seem in their favor.

  • Families can talk about women in sports. Why do you think there are more movies about men's teams than women's teams?
  • How far have women come since the early 1970s? How are women athletes more commonly accepted today?
  • Which characters in this movie are role models? How can you tell?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: It's educational for young viewers, especially girls, to realize that it wasn't always a priority for girls' athletic teams to exist, much less compete nationally.

  • message true4

    Messages: Several positive messages, particularly for girls. The fact that Cathy, despite being married, chooses to take a coaching job to pursue her passion for basketball shows that women don't need to rely on a husband to fulfill all their dreams. Cathy's perseverance in the face of difficulty is also an example that you should never give up, even when things aren't going your way. The girls' commitment to the Macs is an important lesson in teamwork and collaboration. The fact they're willing to wake up early, sweat, and give it their all is what sports -- and discipline -- should be about for kids.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Coach Rush is an amazing example of an educator who inspires and makes a huge difference in her team's lives. Without Coach Rush and Sister Sunday's dedication to the Macs, those girls never would have won a national championship or gone on to become famous college and WNBA and high school coaches themselves. The girls each learn the value of belonging to a team, even an underdog team.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Not an issue

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: A few hugs and one quick kiss between a married couple, and a tame discussion about marriage and weddings. One character has her heart broken, but her boyfriend is never seen in the film. A nun out of her habit accepts a beer from an interested pub patron.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cathy and Sister Sunday each have a pint at a pub.