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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

"Coach" is just the same old formula

Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada
13 June 2010

"Coach" has the formulaic kids-teach-coach-how-to-succeed-in-life same old drivel written all over it. And it never rises above.

Hugh Dancy plays Coach, built from the same mold as Hugh Grant in "About A Boy". I like Hugh Dancy but even he isn't able to make this film very likable. He stars as a rich trust-fund slacker, and when his girlfriend dumps him he realizes he needs to find a job to finally grow up. So he coaches kids soccer, where we find the usual misfit kids who he is able to bring together and they show him a thing or two about growing up. From the outset he's a good coach but in the usual, lame way - this film didn't add anything new or intelligent.

I was disappointed with the romantic comedy story line, as his love interest didn't add any comedy, and her character wasn't redeeming in any way. Also very poorly cast (that girl is definitely not a doctor).

The other main problem with this film trying its hand at romantic comedy is that it alienates its audience. With the mild sexual content I don't think it's meant for kids and most adults would want to go for something more intelligent. It would be suitable for teenagers but they aren't given any characters to relate to.

"Coach" ultimately does nothing wrong, but its very disappointing that they couldn't add any bit of originality or thought to this tired formula.

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

My 328th Review: Gentle romantic comedy around soccer

Author: intelearts from the big screen
22 June 2010

Coach is a very safe romantic comedy - but it does kind of work, we actually enjoyed it, but not sure we like ourselves for liking it. It's just grown-up enough to be OK.

It's plot of a slacker trust fund guy who finds himself and love coaching little league soccer is kind of like comfort food - you know what you're getting and either you like it anyway or at least there's nothing not to like here.

It would be a good choice if you a) have a boyfriend who was soccer mad, and you want to watch a film together or b) had a girlfriend that you wish would at least watch the world cup matches with you and you want to introduce her to soccer.

Overall Coach is like spaghetti and meatballs - you can't complain, but you can't rave either. It's a cute romantic comedy (bordering on drama) and all in all it just about scores the goal it's aiming for....

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A platypus

Author: Armand from Romania
20 December 2011

Moral lesson, love story, slices of sport beauty and romance. All in a fragile skin. With many holes and not inspired rhythm. Pieces from everywhere to tell childish story about a loser and his wins. And charm of Hugh Dancy. It is not fake or pink but each scene is known and learned. Nothing new and nothing realistic. An ordinary movie about individual metamorphose and the end as chocolate cake. And hero from Spiderman recipes. A comedy and exercise to create a story. An platypus. Nice but strange Part of long and boring speeches about values and victories, love as secret key and discover of essence , lovely for small intentions and forgiven in short time.But as break is so good !

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Don't Believe The Negative Reviews!

Author: johnhonoluluhawaii from United States
27 June 2011

I really enjoyed this movie. It actually made me feel for the main character. Not too many movies do this for me. But when you feel for the main character and start being immersed in the movie, you know that it's a good movie. I take all reviews with a grain of salt now, especially after watching this movie. I cannot understand why this movie garnered such bad reviews because I think it is a well made movie. The actors did a great job and the story was very well done. All I can think of is that these reviewers are sadly jaded or just simply hate entertaining movies like this which they consider below them. Or, they simply hate the actors or this genre. This is a must-see movie in my opinion. It has a lesson to teach and it is quite well made. Families should watch this as this movie has value. It teaches us that we can all change for the better. Even when others don't think so. So what if others don't believe in you? There are others that do. I cannot recommend this movie more. It is just plain excellent.

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great small movie

Author: claudioszynkier from sao paulo
7 March 2014

what to expect from life when life changes?

what's next?

mix it and ball game and you get "the coach".

do not expect a groundbreaking film, but expect at least identify yourself there. little big movies are about that.

this story can be installed in our imagination and it is there under several different ways. but here is a very well-made, articulated and perfect genre film, with a great capacity of holding those who watch. with an outlook on life and on people that you won't see in any film of that particular genre. simple and delicious.

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:


Author: jotix100 from New York
11 August 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Nick, a man living off a trust fund, has not amounted to much in his life. Finding himself without his girlfriend Zoe, who decides to try a new life in Hollywood, Nick has no idea what to do with himself. One day, he spots a young man practicing soccer movements in a school yard. The boy shows he has potential. Nick having played the sport before, becomes interested in teaching what he knows. In order to do that, he must first ask for a job at the school, something he is not prepared for.

We have seen this movie before. The older man that becomes a mentor to a group of kids, making them excel, by inspiring in them the spirit of competition and achievement. Directed by Will Frears, it is not a total waste because of the work of Hugh Dancy, a likable actor that does not have to do a whole lot to convince the audience he is none other than Nick. The comedy is predictable, although it shows a new director that no doubt will do better with the right project.

The supporting cast include Liane Balaban, playing Gabrielle, the doctor that catches Nick's eye. Young Jonathan Ramirez seems like a natural as Hector. Other players include Mamie Gummer, who has been getting quite a lot of roles in recent mainstream films.

Something that did not strike the right note was the opera sequence in which, as though by magic, we were taken to the magnificent Budapest Opera House where Gabrielle and Nick attend a performance and with some networking thrown in. One wonders why having two world famous opera venues in New York, the creators of the film decided to fly them to Hungary?

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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Not quite a romantic comedy, not a sports drama, not anything actually

Author: adiace from India
6 December 2010

Coach as all the elements of a romantic comedy. It even builds up to a be a kids sports drama (like mighty ducks). Unfortunately none of the human relationships are developed (or make sense), and as a result the whole damn thing falls apart. At times it feels like they had a decent movie together but then they edited any semblance of character development out of it.

I can not believe I made it to the end of the movie, towards the end it feels like it will all come together, but it doesn't... making the movie even more disappointing than I thought it would be.

All in all, the only reason to watch this movie is if you are on a quest to watch every par movie made in 2010 (like me).

Oh, also, the kids in the movie are the best (and only) actors.

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