Coach Carter (2005) - Biography, Drama, Sport

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Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Thomas Carter
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez
Length: 136 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 25 out of 224 found boring (11.16%)

One-line Reviews (120)

These elements work well together and make the film engaging enough without ever being anything particularly inventive or original.

Coach Carter is a very formulaic sports film that follows every rule in the rulebook for sports film.

If i were you, i wouldn't waste my time, and good money on a movie like this!

Overall, a nicely made film that was both engaging and motivating.

But things do get off to a rousing start until coach gets their progress reports from the teaching faculty and shuts down the gym forfeiting two matches 16 games into the successful season.

They could of created a decent film, but it was predictable and boring.

It's just a plodding, pretentious, and ultimately preposterous rip-off of Hoosiers.

It's predictable.

On the plus side, this does have plenty of exciting basketball action, and they usually really are shooting when we see them do so, it doesn't cut to cover for them.

It's similarity to lower class neighbour hood high school was absolutely stunning.

It might be mundane in some people because not everyone has knowledge in all the technical terms that's in basketball so if you're watching the movie for the drama and inspiration, please bring along a manual called "Basketball for Dummies".

The main focus is centred around Coach Carter and the gripping sports scenes is enough to satisfy any sports fan especially those who love basketball.

The true story of Coach Carter is easily a must-see movie because of its eventful plot, exciting climax, and the connection it makes to its targeted audience.

There's chemistry between Jackson and his twentysomething co-stars, and the Mark ("The Perfect Score) Schwahn and John ("Varsity Blues") Gatins screenplay provides us with many suspenseful moments off court as well as on the court.

As a sports/basketball movie, I would say that it is as predictable as "Hoosiers" or "Rocky".

But these are small nitpicks for what is overall a very enjoyable and moving experience.

The movie is very enjoyable, educative and witty so it deserves 10 out of 10.

Sentimental plot stretches Hollywood manipulation , but is still entertaining .

It offers food for thought about the state of education in America today and Jackson's performance makes it worth watching.

Enjoyable tale based on real deeds of Coach Ken Carter, a controversial high school basketball coach .

But upon viewing this movie, I found that I liked it and enjoyed it.

The story is so rich and greatly drawn out.

I also taught Physical Education in a school very similar to Richmond, and found that my students really did want direction, but they were slow to accept this direction.

They have the cliché ending in the end as well.

The fact that it is based upon a true story makes it more compelling.

May have been good to see some more behind-the-scenes relationship stuff but as a whole the movie is enjoyable and impacting.

Worth watching!

Other than basketball, there are many sub-issues that are entertaining such as the players relationships with their girlfriends, the coach's life outside the court as well as many other things.

Though the movie was mostly predictable I still enjoyed watching the characters and the basketball games.

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This film worth watching over and over, the story line is very good and the acting is even better.

Jackson delivers an engaging acting as is backed by a good supporting cast such as Robert Ri'chard as his son Damien Carter , Debbi Morgan as his wife , Rick Gonzalez as Timo Cruz , Antwon Tanner as Worm , Vincent Laresca as Renny , Ashanti as Kyra, Texas Battle as Maddux and Channing Tatum who a bit later on would become a first world star ; in fact , Tatum had never played basketball before making the movie so he had to have individual training with the coaches to get up to speed with the other actors.

Coach Carter is one of the worst movies of 2005!

The film was entertaining and convincing for me though.

A fantastic movie, even if a bit cliché.

Both of us enjoyed it.

This is also a film about basketball, and had this portion of the film been exciting then perhaps it could have made up for the glaring weaknesses in the story-telling department.

I mean that's fine, it's just way to predictable.

The most compelling story was of course Cruz.

Predictable, but thoroughly enjoyable .

It embodies all components of an entertaining and attention-grabbing movie.

On the field, rink or court, the team that does the most unexpected thing or who tries the newest strategy doesn't necessarily define the game being played.

A great sports film, entertaining and meaningful .

The success in overcoming the formulaic accusations, and perhaps the basis for those accusations, probably lies in th fact this is based on a true story.

he took these this value to a Richmond high school, where he and the team had life changing experiences.. I totally recommend getting it on DVD, this is by far, MTV's most realistic movie IMO.. 9/10, i enjoyed it a lot..

, and they had their shirts off for a lot of the movie, so of course i enjoyed it.

Cliché much?

Ultimately, however, it gets dragged down by a sub-par and cliché' ridden script, boring pacing, average-at-best character development, below average acting (except Sam Jackson who turns in a pretty good performance and makes it at least watchable), extremely poor basketball choreography, and choppy editing.

A Sports Movie that is both Inspirational and Unpredictable...

Overall, a fair film with some good scenes and good acting but to predictable and sometimes less interesting.

Every conscientious high school educator ought to watch the new hoops movie "Coach Carter," (*** out of ****) an inspirational but formulaic, true-life sports saga about a messianic basketball coach that recycles elements from the 1987 Gene Hackman netter "Hoosiers" and the 1989 Morgan Freeman classic "Lean On Me.

Don't waste your time with this one.

I suppose it is to this picture's credit that, for a story so familiar to us all, it manages to be reasonably entertaining despite an overblown running time and some seriously broad strokes when it comes to the characterisation of the boys in the basketball team.

" "Will be thrown in the worst movie ever pile...

COACH CARTER is an inspiring and richly entertaining film, based on a true story.

Sentimental but very entertaining .


It is predictable though and full of cliché situations.

Jackson joins the ranks of excellent cinematic coaches/instructors including Gene Hackman in HOOSIERS and Edward James Olmos in STAND AND DELIVER as the coolly demanding Carter with an equally efficient screenplay by Mark Schwahn and John Gatins and skillfully filmed by TV vet Thomas Carter makes this familiar tale fresh and consistently compelling, even for those who don't care for the game (including yours truly).

Yes, there are elements of this movie that are very predictable, bordering on standard formula.

Solid and enjoyable if somewhat unremarkable sports movie .

But in doing so they created a relatively pretentious view of a "rough" neighbourhood, with teens who don't act hard and don't speak hard.

Good messages make it through a predictable story .

a plodding, pretentious, and ultimately preposterous rip-off of Hoosiers .

Although the formula is secure in the land of sports clichés, having attractive young people and a bankable tough guy actor play the lead parts results in an enjoyable experience.

In deciding to watch this movie, I am not going to lie, I expected to be watching another predictable inspirational sports movie.

I expected to see the typical predictable underdog movie where a bunch of misfits end up coming out on top and afterward feel like I just wasted over two hours of my life.

If you're sick of inspirational-type movies, then don't go see it, but otherwise I highly recommend it.

Jackson Makes The Intense Coach Carter Come To Life.

The messages sent through the movie were very serious and moving, yet entertaining.

The screenwriter has to share equal responsibility; the characters are spouting his banal dialogue, and this drama sputters at an alarming rate.

"It was the worst movie ever...

Jackson provides a performance that keeps the audience engaged and affected by many of the movie scenes, as well as the message brought about by Coach Carter that separates Coach Carter from many other cliché sports movies.

Thanks to his inspiring performance, this movie is worth watching.

Entertaining movie about the virtue of diligence .

A mostly predictable sports underdog story ensues.

This movie is so predictable.

It's the predictable plot twists that make you consider checking this one out when it hits the DVD stands.

^^^I don't know what they mean, but I enjoyed it and I think a lot of other people will too!

The basketball action is quite exciting - especially the alley oops.

The film is enjoyable enough, the music blends well with the urban drama and there are a few future stars in early roles in this film.

, it was quite engaging).

What I found most distressing about this 135 minute cliché is the whole inner-city, gangsta culture.

Coach Carter made for quite the riveting watch.

(4) "Movie was boring...

Jackson plays a well meaning man, with the affect of nobility you find in intense, well- meaning, stupid people have.

For the few of you who are knocking this film (or intend to), saying things like "it was a snore fest" or "Samuel's worst role", you are by far in the minority and your pointless comments are quite simply falling on deaf ears.

The sport moments are great to watch, the camera work is good, sometimes great and the story is intense and involving.

Worth watching more than once.

'Coach Carter' milks its two advantages and turns out to be a highly entertaining, if unoriginal, pot-boiler.

A lot of the dialogue feels recycled and trite.

It is solid across the board and an easily enjoyable film based on quite an inspiring true story.

Waste of Money, Film & Time .

Regarding the story, it's pretty formulaic as most sports themed movies are, so the value is in the messaging mentioned earlier.

This film is just another entirely ponderous exercise in star power fizzling and prestige film-making gone pretentious.

Jackson undoubtful again was the most stunning,excellent and superb actor of all time.

It succeeds in being engaging, inspirational and uplifting.

The screenwriter has to share equal responsibility; the characters are spouting his banal dialogue, and this drama sputters at an alarming rate.

She is introduced like a hip-hop sassy girl, then turns into something much deeper and more unexpected.

But overall I think that Coach Carter is a god sports-themed movie and I enjoyed it.

As so often happens at films like these, my thoughts turn towards logging a film in the "worst movie of the year" category.

However, Coach Carter remains entertaining throughout.

The side plots throughout were very intriguing considering it was based off of a true story.

However, Coach Carter does prove to be inspirational and the basketball game footage and camera angles are maybe the best ever filmed to represent the fast paced sport.

It's way to long and unnecessarily drawn out.

I found this film totally absorbing and while it is a long film it was even longer for me as such was the emotional impact of some of the scenes I found myself watching them again and again.

Aided by the exciting, and authentic looking on-court action {well done director Thomas Carter} Coach Carter, and especially Sammy Jackson, manages to deliver more than enough interest to make this one of the better sports movies of the last decade.

It's capable filmmaking, decent acting and a worthwhile, if predictable story.

I do recommend this movie to any teenager who is looking for a funny entertaining movie to see with friends.

The movie relies heavily on sentiment and cliché to drive its point home.

It's a great movie, and it's enjoyable for ALL ages.

Pleasantly surprised and my wife enjoyed it too so one for the men to choose on movie night.

I think everyone plays basketball because it's very enjoyable

However I think parts of it were slow and that Jacson's role carried it through some parts, not all, were boring.

The emotional aspect of this movie leaves student athletes on the edge of their seats.

The film was just too long for a predictable story and it also lacked compelling characters.

It's also (to be honest) entirely formulaic.

It also helps that the Basketball action is very exciting to watch.

Some have criticized this movie as one being too formulaic, following the pattern of other "disadvantaged community sports stories.

A great entertaining watch for fans of sports dramas.