There are a lot of these true life inspirational sports that have come out in the past few years. Just like with Romantic Comedies it’s hard to stand out in the crowd and be different. Coach Carter does this well, for one reason: Samuel L. Jackson.
Jackson’s performance as coach Anthony Carter is what makes this movie one of the better sports stories. He is funny, crazy, insightful and motivational as the coach of the Richmond High Basketball team. Richmond is in the inner city of Oakland, California. Coach Carter gained national notoriety a few years back for taking a hard stance with his players. The hard stance was that he forfeited their games until the students were caught up and passing their classes.
This sports story was made by MTV films so the content is going to be a little rougher than the Disney Sports stories such as The Rookie or Remember the Titans. But I guess when you are dealing with inner city teens it’s not really the usual Disney fare. Again, I think this movie would be destined for mediocre-ville if it wasn’t for Jackson. Oh and some young actor name Channing Tatum is in it too.
Final Verdict: Worth owning.