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Coach Carter

Samuel L. Jackson returns to form, behind a long string of unsatisfactory performances, as an ethically minded basketball coach at a tough inner city high school in Richmond, California. Inspired by events lived by real-life basketball coach Ken Carter in 1999, the openly didactic and lengthy movie succeeds via sound performances from its group of hearty young actors that include pop star Ashanti, Rick Gonzalez, Rob Brown and Robert Ri'chard as coach Carter's devoted son. Coach Carter's succinct attempts to teach his Richmond Oilers basketball team the importance of mutual respect and scholastics through discipline on and off the basketball court resonates well against today's America of unaccountability. Special features include French language dub and English or Spanish subtitles, featurette about the real-life Coach Carter, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and a music video. Aspect ratio is Widescreen Enhanced for 16X9 TVs, with sound quality presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. (Movie - Three Stars, DVD features - Two Stars) Rated PG, 136 mins. (Paramount)

June 27, 2005 | Permalink