A high school janitor has not recovered from his failed career as a tennis pro. He begins coaching his beloved sport to a group of misfits and leads them to the Nebraska State Championships.


Danny Leiner





Cast overview, first billed only:
Seann William Scott ... Gary Houseman
Randy Quaid ... Coach Lew Tuttle
Brando Eaton ... Mike Jensen
Emilee Wallace ... Jenny Tuttle
A.D. Miles ... Steve Pimble
Leonor Varela ... Norma Sanchez
Tim Williams Tim Williams ... Dick Daubert
Ryan Simpkins ... Amy Daubert
Conor Donovan ... Burke Nibbons
Allen Evangelista ... Maricar Magwill
Justin Chon ... Joe Chang
Vincent Coleman Taylor Vincent Coleman Taylor ... Kevin Jones (as Vincent Taylor)
Bryan Mitchell Bryan Mitchell ... Randy King
Remington Dewan Remington Dewan ... Paul the Videographer
Meredith Eaton ... Mrs. Tuttle


Gary, an overzealous high school janitor (Seann William Scott), who has not recovered from his failed career as a tennis pro, begins coaching his beloved sport to a group of misfits after the high school tennis coach (Randy Quaid) drops dead. With his unorthodox coaching style, Gary must try and lead them to the Nebraska State Championships. Written by Grant Prunster

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Small balls. Big ambition.


Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Script was discovered by the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 2005, going on to win the top prize. Within days, BlueCat sent screenplay to producer Peter Morgan to read. See more »


In the final match, Cappy is instructed to stand inside the service box while he is being served to. This is against the rules of tennis. See more »


Gary: Fuck football, fuck the huskers, and fuck all of you!
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References American Pie (1999) See more »


Outta Your Mind
Written by James Bacchi
Performed by The Obscurities
Courtesy of d2 Music
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gutter films have a place in the zeitgeist
20 December 2008 | by ewingfoxSee all my reviews

I have to agree with most comments about this movie but i must mention that films like the lampoon series, animal house, and even "dude where's my car" provide a no-brainer way to escape our world. I'm not always looking for a "motorcyle diaries" experience. sometimes, i just want to laugh at a dumb joke and forget how bad my investment portfolio is doing! People sometimes take themselves way too seriously, and expect everyone else to do so to... and I quote van wilder "don't take life so seriously, you'll never get out of it alive" Actors like Scott are willing to be the idiots, and show us their a**es, and know that most often, we are laughing at them and not with them. The guy is also in his early movie career... look at how far sandler, Will smith, Daemon and afleck have come (think reindeer games)

perhaps Scott will turn into the next Bogart, or perhaps he'll always be "the jerk" (think the first half of Martin's career, although I am not putting Scott at martin's level) but I don't think the world will suffer one way or the other, so lighten up everyone, we sure as h*ll need it right now, even if we all think we could do a better job of it!

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Release Date:

9 April 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gary the Tennis Coach See more »

Filming Locations:

Lockhart, Texas, USA See more »


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2.35 : 1
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