HuffPost Review: The Winning Season

HuffPost Review: The Winning Season
Sports movies all seem to spring from the same template, most having to do with redemption, learning to forgive and/or believe in oneself and finding the courage and/or confidence to give more than you thought possible when you feel like you've got nothing to give. Geez, just talking about it seems to bring clichés to the surface. Which is what makes The Winning Season (opening in limited release Friday, Sept. 3) such a welcome surprise. Does it follow the formula? Absolutely -- as if it were a math equation that director James C. Strouse could solve in his sleep. And yet Strouse's script -- and, more importantly, his star -- jigger inventively with the rhythms, the emotions and, most importantly, the humor in this story about a loser who finds himself coaching girls' high-school basketball. The star, in this case, is the invaluable Sam...
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