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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.

Director:

Jim Strouse (as James C. Strouse)

Writer:

Jim Strouse (as James C. Strouse)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Bill
Emma Roberts ... Abbie
Rob Corddry ... Terry
Emily Rios ... Kathy
Rooney Mara ... Wendy
Jessica Hecht ... Stacey
Connor Paolo ... Damon
Meaghan Witri Meaghan Witri ... Tamra
Melanie Hinkle ... Mindy
Shana Dowdeswell ... Molly
Vanessa Gordillo Vanessa Gordillo ... Flor
Shareeka Epps ... Lisa
Margo Martindale ... Donna
Melissa Graver ... New Rome Forward
Caitlin Colford Caitlin Colford ... Trish
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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After Tanner Hall this is the second film of 2009 starring Rooney Mara where she plays a student dating a much older man. See more »

Quotes

Bill: Yo! What's going on? Is there a reason you're not passing at her? Alright, look I... I don't know what shit you girls have between with each other, I don't give a shit, I got enough shit in my own life. I gotta a whole universe of shit. And now even more: your shit. So just keep your shit off the court, ok? You can't start drawing lines here. I mean, even if we did you're on the wrong side, anyway.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Video Guide 2010 (2010) See more »

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An Indie Gem And One Of The Reasons I Love Films
20 January 2017 | by brusty1See all my reviews

This is a great little movie with a lot of heart that should have gotten more notice. Sam Rockwell is great and continues to prove he's one of the best actors of his generation. Basically, it's about a guy coaching a high school girl's basketball team. A movie doesn't need to have a bunch of effects or explosions or twists to be great. This is an example of a solid, realistic script and wonderful actors coming together to make something that deserves to be seen. If a movie can make me laugh, cry and think, it's one I want to see again and again. You owe it to yourself to give this film a try. There aren't many movies about women's basketball, and I'm glad they took a realistic approach instead of the typical teenage fare.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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