In 1999, Ken Carter accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that demand respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades for players. Any initial resistance is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray with too many doing poorly in class, Carter 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, Carter fights to keep his methods, determined to show the boys that they need good values for their futures and eventually finds he has affected them more profoundly than he ever expected. Written by
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At the high school dance when Kenyon is walking out with girlfriend a student is shown wearing a Ron Artest Indiana Pacers jersey. The movie takes place during the 1999 high school basketball season. Ron Artest was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in summer of 1999 and did not play for the Pacers until 2002. See more »
Coach Ken Carter:
When we step on the floor every second that clock is ticking, we are pedal to the metal, we run the ball, we pressure the ball, and most importantly we control the tempo of the game, we make them play Richmond Oiler ball.
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The Paramount logo flickers and for a brief moment, you see the logo as drawn with a pencil in a notebook. See more »
Honestly, I don't care about dates. I don't care about names, or stats,
or if the writers got a bunch of stats confused. I mean did you
actually watch the movie, or were you just looking at the screen for
misprints on jerseys? To believe that some people can actually watch a
movie and then complain that the time line is off with reality is
beyond my comprehension. Who cares about the time line! It's not
reality that you're watching, it's a movie. Movies, no matter how real
the stories they are based on, are not real. They are altered. They are
changed to make a better storyline.
If people can be dense enough to complain about names and numbers and
dates, then they missed the big picture. They missed a great movie that
actually conveys a real message. It's not about the sports, it's about
the students. And it's not always about what you put in, it's about
what you take out. It's about what you take away from the situation
that you've walked into.
That's what this movie is about, not about basketball. It's about life,
and how easily people give in and give up. It's about learning, and
having faith that people will do the right thing. Yes, it's about
public education, and a community on the edge of stupid, but there's
more to it than that. You just have to stop looking, and watch.
This movie truly was excellent, right up there on the shelf next to
"With Honors." But make sure you are really paying attention,
otherwise, what's the point?
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