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The Winning Season (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  19 January 2009 (USA)
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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.

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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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language including some sexual references, alcohol abuse and smoking | See all certifications »

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Bill: Sorry to burst your bubble, honey, but you're not my type.
[to another driver bothering him]
Bill: I'm moving! I'm moving! Go ahead! Go ahead!
Wendy: What's your type?
Bill: I like big teets and onion butt.
Wendy: What's an onion butt?
Bill: It's an ass that brings tears to your eyes.
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The same sports story, but done with quality dramatic and comedic elements
23 November 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

At least "The Winning Season" knows that the whole down-on-his-luck coach and group of misfit girls basketball team who learn about life and winning together type of story has been done before. They did unfortunately follow the exact same formula, but with a hint of whimsy and self-awareness, it's above average for the genre.

Emma Roberts and the other girls comprising the team actually come across as real teenage girls. I found them cute and funny. As a big fan of Sam Rockwell, he seems to be the reason why this film is pretty good. He's basically a drunken asshole, very unlikable, but he completely draws you in so there's a real emotional connection for the dramatic elements. And as he has demonstrated before, his physical comedy antics are perfect making the comedy scenes pretty funny.

"The Winning Season" has been done many times before, but here they managed to do it without being cheesy, while providing quality scenes of drama and comedy. If you like the genre, it is certainly worth a look.


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