The Winning SeasonJanuary 3, 2009
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.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.7/10 (1,679 voted)
Critic's Score: 53/100
James C. Strouse
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry
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?
New Rome Forward
It took a bunch of girls to make him man up.
Release Date: 3 Jan 2009
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Took me by surprise
I loved this movie. I rented it on demand the same day as theatrical
release. I thought it would be a goofy off the wall sort of comedy with
Rob Corddry in it as the school principal. To my surprise this was a
comedy that was very touching and heartwarming. I loved the developing
relationship between Sam Rockwell (the girls coach) and the team. I was
also very pleased to see a movie with a group of teenage girls that did
not depict them as a bunch of catty little snots. Yes the team has
their differences and cliquishness, but that is minimal compared to the
bonding that goes on. Margo Martindale is great as the assistant coach.
The actors in this movie are pitch perfect acting up to the limit of a
real character but never crossing the line to where they are not
believable. See this movie when you just want to feel good!