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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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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

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

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Trivia

During the "females aren't athletes" discussion Billie Jean King is wrongly labeled as a golfer. Billie Jean King was actually a tennis player.
  • This was an intentional joke - simply because the girls aren't familiar with Billie Jean King. One of the deleted scenes has the coach pointing out that she wasn't a golfer.
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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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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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The same sports story, but done with quality dramatic and comedic elements
23 November 2010 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

At least "The Winning Season" knows that the whole down-on-his-luck coach and group of misfit girls basketball team who learn about life and winning together type of story has been done before. They did unfortunately follow the exact same formula, but with a hint of whimsy and self-awareness, it's above average for the genre.

Emma Roberts and the other girls comprising the team actually come across as real teenage girls. I found them cute and funny. As a big fan of Sam Rockwell, he seems to be the reason why this film is pretty good. He's basically a drunken asshole, very unlikable, but he completely draws you in so there's a real emotional connection for the dramatic elements. And as he has demonstrated before, his physical comedy antics are perfect making the comedy scenes pretty funny.

"The Winning Season" has been done many times before, but here they managed to do it without being cheesy, while providing quality scenes of drama and comedy. If you like the genre, it is certainly worth a look.


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Language:

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Release Date:

19 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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