Coach Carter

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -2

Coach Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) based on California high-school basketball coach Ken Carter in the late 90s takes an undisciplined inner-city team and turns them into an undefeated team. Carter was a successful basketball player in his day and now makes a good living with his own athletic store. Wanting to make a difference at his old school, he accepts an offer to be the head coach of the Richmond Oilers. When he arrives, he finds the team in disarray but quickly brings order to the chaos with some strict rules. He makes each of the players sign a contract stating that if they are to play they must maintain a 2.3 GPA. They must also wear a coat and tie to class on the day of a game and sit in the front of their class. When reports come in that most of the team is either failing or has incompletes, the coach locks the gym and cancels games, causing an uproar in the community.

This film one of the most inspiring to come out in years delivers a wonderful story with an equally good message. For the first time, many of these kids experience someone who cares enough to lay down boundaries and show real consequences when they exceed them. The punishment seems extreme at first, but the coach soon turns these boys into men as they learn discipline, relational skills and teamwork. And he doesnt stop at molding good basketball players; he deals with poor sportsmanship, sorry attitudes and unacceptable schoolwork as he prepares them for college and life beyond high school. The coach treats each team member with respect and expects them to treat him and others with respect, always using the word sir. As would be expected in an inner-city setting, the film has its rough aspects including brief violence, mild sexuality and frequent, bad language, which prevents Preview from giving it a wholehearted recommendation.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
Paramount Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (27) times mild (hell 2, damn 10); strong (-ss 9, b-tch 5, SOB 1)

Obscene Language: Many (21) times strong (f-word 1, s-word 20, )

Profanity: Few (3) times moderate (G 1); strong (GD 2)

Violence: Several times mild (pushing and shoving on basketball court, man pushes boy against wall, brick thrown through window); moderate (boy is shot by a gun)

Sex: Few times mild (kissing and hugging, dirty dancing with a lot of rubbing and sexual dance moves)

Nudity: Several times mild (boys in locker room shown in underwear and towels, boys in shower seen from waist up, boys and girls strip down to underwear and go swimming); moderate (uncovered buttocks)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (girl shows boy thong underwear and asks him if he wants to see her in it, unmarried girl gets pregnant and says she had an abortion)

Drugs: Several times mild (alcohol use by minors); moderate (teens get drunk at party, implied sale of illegal drugs when money passes hands)

Other: 5 occurrences of the n-word

Running Time: 130 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and Adults

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