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The Winning Season (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 19 January 2009 (USA)
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A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.

Director:

Jim Strouse (as James C. Strouse)

Writer:

Jim Strouse (as James C. Strouse)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Bill
Emma Roberts ... Abbie
Rob Corddry ... Terry
Emily Rios ... Kathy
Rooney Mara ... Wendy
Jessica Hecht ... Stacey
Connor Paolo ... Damon
Meaghan Witri Meaghan Witri ... Tamra
Melanie Hinkle ... Mindy
Shana Dowdeswell ... Molly
Vanessa Gordillo Vanessa Gordillo ... Flor
Shareeka Epps ... Lisa
Margo Martindale ... Donna
Melissa Graver ... New Rome Forward
Caitlin Colford Caitlin Colford ... Trish
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Only connect. In a Hoosier town, boys' basketball is king. Bill is a former athlete and high-school coach who drinks too much, rarely sees his daughter from an old marriage, and busses tables at a local cafe. A friend who's now a principal offers him a job coaching girls; Bill takes it without much spirit. Six come to practice; one has a broken foot. They're awful in their first game, and Bill has to figure out, with help from Donna, the school's burly bus driver, if he actually can coach girls. They respond, and Bill suddenly has a family of sorts, just as his own relationship with his daughter worsens. With a winning season in reach, will Bill blow this chance? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It took a bunch of girls to make him man up.

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language including some sexual references, alcohol abuse and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anotimpul victoriei See more »

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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the "females aren't athletes" discussion Billie Jean King is wrongly labeled as a golfer. Billie Jean King was actually a tennis player.
  • This was an intentional joke - simply because the girls aren't familiar with Billie Jean King. One of the deleted scenes has the coach pointing out that she wasn't a golfer.
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Quotes

Donna: Hey girls. I just wanted to take a moment before we head to the sectional tomorrow morning. I know you're nervous, I am too. But... just remember we're a team. That's not something anyone can't take away from us. Now I've never been part of a team before and at my age it wasn't something I was expecting to ever happen. So, I wanna thank you for giving that to me. My whole life I felt apart from other people. I don't feel apart from you girls. And no matter what happens tomorrow I'll always be ...
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Been A while since I've seen Ross' Ex-wives gay lover in a show (friends)
31 August 2011 | by dutskenhousenSee all my reviews

The plot of this movie is nothing new. The redemtion of a loser coach and his troubled life he has. In does however play to a comedic tone for the entire movie, sort of making fun of a genre that takes itself so seriously.

It is unique in having so many different plot/teen/strife/issues; It feels like they throw the entire arsenal at you. You think to yourself, do they even have time to Fix all of these conflicts; But, Like any great commerical they don't show you everything. They do however enough to get the point across.

The comedy was light and fresh, swearing added to the mocking tone of sports struggle movies. The redemtion is on both sides of the isle as the coach and his team learns something. If your in a basketball mode or just an avid sports fan, i'd recommend -


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