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Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  14 January 2005 (USA)
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Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

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In 1999, Ken Carter, a successful sporting goods store owner, accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA, where he was a champion athlete. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He immediately imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that include stipulations for respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades as requisites to being allowed to participate. The initial resistance from the boys is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor in the games. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray and Carter learns that too many players are doing poorly in class, he takes immediate action. To the outrage of the team, the school and the community, Carter cancels all team activities and locks the court until the team shows acceptable academic improvement. In the ensuing debate, ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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It begins on the street. It ends here.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language, teen partying and some drug material | See all certifications »

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14 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$603,899 (Australia) (27 May 2005)

Gross:

$1,174,586 (Australia) (3 June 2005)
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In the game against Bay Hill, the clock shows 1:20 remaining and then shows 1:22 remaining in the next scene. See more »

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Worm: [to Junior Battle] That's my n***a right there. If you was any bigga, you'd be my "bigga n***a".
Coach Ken Carter: Sit down. SIT DOWN!
Coach Ken Carter: N****r is a degrogatory term used to insult our ancestors. See, if a white man used it, you'd be ready to fight. Your using it teaches him to use it. You're saying it's cool. Well, it's not cool, and when you're around me, I don't want to hear that shit! Are we clear?
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Locked Up
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Coach Carter Review.
24 January 2005 | by (San Pedro, California) – See all my reviews

Coach Carter is the story of a basketball coach who was persistent and had his priorities straight. The positive message the movie conveyed was that lives can be changed for the better through self discipline, hard work and the building of character. I was thinking to myself that the whole story was pretty believable, but then I looked into it and found it to be a true to life story so I guess it really is believable.

Samuel L. Jackson put in a convincing performance as the strict Coach Carter, as did the rest of the cast members. The movie, itself, was reminiscent of Lean On Me. It was the same basic story with the disciplinary figure helping the distraught kids through life.

I found it disappointing that the parent of the basketball team emphasized a mere game over something vastly more important, education. I rated this movie 7 of 10


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