Samuel L Jackson plays real-life figure Ken Carter, who graduated from California's Richmond High only to return in 1999 and take over as head coach of the boys' basketball team. Unfortunately, the troubled school he remembered as a teenager is an even more insufferable place in his adulthood.
Determined to make a change in his players' lives, Carter makes each young man sign a contract that ensures he will pass every test, attend every class, and wear a jacket and tie on game day. Of course, the players reject the contract at first, but when they realize that they don't have any other choice, they give in.
And when it appears that their tough-as-nails coach is actually turning them into winners on the court, they begin to embrace his philosophy wholeheartedly. But when Coach Carter receives the incomprehensibly awful progress reports of his players, he does the unthinkable: he benches the entire team.
What the critics are saying:
"...a slick high-school sports story that balances the usual cliches with an unusually sophisticated, pro-education message. Think "Dead Poets Society" with a basketball hoop and you'll know the score..."- Neil Smith, BBC Film"It's not only a sports movie with the usual big games and important shots, but also a coach movie, with inspiring locker room speeches and difficult moral decisions."- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times"...both a rousing, by-the-book sports story - it's amazing how many games are decided by a dramatic shot at the final buzzer - and a critique of the place of sports in American culture."- A.O. Scott, New York Times
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