Jack Cunningham was a high school basketball phenom who walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Years later, when he reluctantly accepts a coaching job at his alma mater, he may get one last shot at redemption.
Back in high school, Jack Cunningham had everything going for him. A basketball phenom, he could have punched his ticket to college or even the pros, but, instead, he chose to walk away from the game, forfeiting his future. Jack's glory days are long gone...but, as it turns out, not forgotten. Years later, he gets the chance to take back his life when he is asked to coach the struggling basketball team at his alma mater. Jack reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself, and as the boys start to come together as a team and win, he may get his last shot at redemption.Written by
"You're nervous. I get it. The truth is, they're more talented than you. Probably got a better coach. But I promise you, they are not a better team. Because they haven't been through what we've been through. They don't know adversity. They don't know what it's like to get knocked down and have to get back up again. They don't know what it is to fight." 🏀
Ben Affleck brings his A-game and a 6-pack of emotional baggage to the court for this powerhouse performance, but sadly he's deserving of a stronger film. This very familiar redemption story is far from new ground for director Gavin O'Connor, however sticking to genre formula is where the movie truly shines. Exploring themes of fatherhood and self-acceptance in touching sequences with the high school students, Ben's surrounded by a solid and serviceable lesser-known cast, yet much of the team's good work is undone by ill-advised plot developments, momentum-halting scenes and a flat, sour ending that leaves audiences wanting more to cheer for.
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