Paramount Pictures | Release Date: January 14, 2005
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VinceH.Jan 20, 2005
Coach Carter may be afraid of what could happen to his students if they don't get a good education, but he certainly isn't afraid of fully embracing every inspirational-sports-movie-cliche in the book. Through a series of grueling Coach Carter may be afraid of what could happen to his students if they don't get a good education, but he certainly isn't afraid of fully embracing every inspirational-sports-movie-cliche in the book. Through a series of grueling montages and broad character strokes, Carter and his team overcome all obstacles. Though I respect the movie's willingness to wear its ideals firmly on its sleeve and not be subtle AT ALL about what it's preaching, it's hard to overlook the faults. The script presents Carter as an all-knowing-oracle, who is never wrong and never doubts himself. In one sequence where the kids sneak off to a late night party, we feel more for them and their desire to have fun then we do Carter, though the movie puts us squarlely on his side. He never doubts himself, never has feelings or thoughts besides external ones, never seems to think he may be doing something wrong. So despite some good acting from Jackson (who is fine in everything he touches) and convincing turns from the players (especially Ashanti, who is actually a good actress), Carter is very dissapointing to say the least. Also, at 136 min it's a tad too long and drags a bit towards the end. Expand
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JeffFeb 27, 2005
This was nothing but Harball just about Basketball. It was very Stereotypical, you could tell that someone was going to die, you could tell that the team was going to "turn around", it bored me to tears. And to Max, who called it the This was nothing but Harball just about Basketball. It was very Stereotypical, you could tell that someone was going to die, you could tell that the team was going to "turn around", it bored me to tears. And to Max, who called it the "Greatest movie ever" try watching a real movie, may I suggest Sideways? Expand
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ChadS.Feb 3, 2005
"Coach Carter" is hampered by the presence of Ashanti because the more alluring storyline, the guard who needs basketball to keep him from drug-trafficking, is given less time than a painful-to-watch teen pregnancy plot. "Coach Carter" has a "Coach Carter" is hampered by the presence of Ashanti because the more alluring storyline, the guard who needs basketball to keep him from drug-trafficking, is given less time than a painful-to-watch teen pregnancy plot. "Coach Carter" has a great story, but study hall isn't very cinematic. Samuel L. Jackson, however, makes this film worthwhile. Expand
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