Coach Carter

Cover Art: 8/10
A story about an inspirational dude who does what he can to make the world a better place calls for a somewhat classy cover, so here ya go. I can’t argue with it really, other than it might border on the sappy extreme.

The menu is nicely done with a certain rustic b-ball flair. They made an effort to make this DVD an experience, and I for one appreciate it.

Features: 7/10

  • Coach Carter The Man Behind The Movie Featurette – Now this is an extra that I can sink my teeth into. I love stories based on real people, especially if you can get the background from the person themselves. The real Coach Carter talks about his experiences that lead to the movie. Some of the players who had characters modeled after them are also interviewed. It’s well done, not a pretentious romantic look back on a somewhat traumatic event. Rather, it’s an honest glimpse at how the young men dealt with the lock out when it happened, how they coped with their hard hitting coach, and where their lives have taken them since.
  • Fast Break At Richmond High Featurette – Teaching a bunch of actors how to play basketball well enough to make a convincing movie is a big job. These fellas had to go through the ringer, which included basketball camp, and grueling 12 hour shoots just to get every last lay up and jump shot perfected on film. Excellent extra to give us more background on an already compelling story.
  • Hope Music Video By Faith Evans – Blah! you know my dislike for music videos 🙂
  • 6 Deleted Scenes – Deleted scenes are just that, things cut from the final movie for reasons beyond our control. Most scenes included here show Coach Carter chumming it up more with his students, rather than the more hard nosed side of him we end up seeing more of in the film. There’s nothing here that would have changed the end result of the movie really, but it’s still cool to see what the director wanted to offer up before the cutting began.

The Movie: 8/10:
This is one of those movies that’s well made, looks great, excellent performances, and a genuinely inspirational story. That’s really all I need to say, but I have never let that stop me from rambling on and on for a while.

I have to admit that I was not interested in this movie when I first heard about it. I have about had my fill of underdog sports films about down and out teams who are turned around by some bully type coach with a heart. So, imagine my surprise when I realized this isn’t that type of movie! Yes it has a coach, a down and out team, and some element of underdogness, but with a twist. This is not a tale about how to build a better sports team to be worshiped and ogled by adoring fans. This is not a story that makes you want to raise up out of your la-z-boy chair, drop your fizzy drink and Twinkies, and become a great athlete by next week seeking fame and fortune and that elusive self satisfaction within…oh no. This is a story that makes you want to read with your kids, volunteer at your local school, inspire the young people in your life by being passionate about education, and achievement. Oh, sounds boring? Lay off the caffeine and relax a bit. Some movies can have a great message and be a thrilling experience if you just give them a chance.

Coach Carter is full of great performances, so I won’t single anyone out. Everyone from the sleazy nobody cousin, to the coach himself, they all make it one of those movies you expect to see at the Academy Awards, but they were just a tad to late, unfortunately.

I’m not a sports fan, but if I were I’m sure I would notice the realistic ball playing that takes place throughout this movie. I wouldn’t know if they were totally doing lay ups wrong, or not dunking exactly with the right form, but some of you will know that junk and will appreciate how hard they worked to bring you right up close and personal with the action. So close to the action in fact that you feel like you are in their way while they are rushing the court. “Rushing the court” is that a sporty thing to say

Overall I did enjoy the movie from start to finish. It’s long and full of quality so you don’t feel cheated or like they took any short cuts to get through the story too quickly. Hats off, or balls off, or whatever to the makers of Coach Carter for having enough integrity to tell this man’s story with the kind of respect he deserves. We overlook too many modern day heroes and I applaud anyone who is driven to tell their stories.

Value: 7/10
Hmmm, if I were a huge Jackson fan, such as my husband, I would rush out and buy my own copy of this baby right now. I’m not a huge fan, just a fan, so I think I would rent Coach Carter and leave the buying to heavy duty Samuel L fanatics. It’s not a bad price necessarily, but for the few extras and for a movie I probably won’t be watching again, it doesn’t need to find a home on my shelf.

Overall Score 8/10