The Winning Season

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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?


Sam Rockwell


Emma Roberts


Rob Corddry


Emily Rios


Rooney Mara


Jessica Hecht


Connor Paolo


Meaghan Witri


Melanie Hinkle


Shana Dowdeswell


Vanessa Gordillo


Shareeka Epps


Margo Martindale


Melissa Graver

New Rome Forward

Caitlin Colford


It took a bunch of girls to make him man up.

Release Date: 3 Jan 2009

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

User Review

Took me by surprise

Rating: 8/10

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!