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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The incorrect comment about Billie Jean King being a golfer is addressed in a scene during the ending credits. See more »

Quotes

Donna: Hey girls. I just wanted to take a moment before we head to the sectional tomorrow morning. I know you're nervous, I am too. But... just remember we're a team. That's not something anyone can't take away from us. Now I've never been part of a team before and at my age it wasn't something I was expecting to ever happen. So, I wanna thank you for giving that to me. My whole life I felt apart from other people. I don't feel apart from you girls. And no matter what happens tomorrow I'll always be ...
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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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More than just another basketball movie.
17 July 2011 | by sdrawdedivadnairbSee all my reviews

Every element comes together very well in this film give you much more than you'd expect from just another sports movie. Though it has a very "bad news bears" feel to it, the coach has real issues, but you don't really blame him for the problems he has. He ends up being more than just a coach to the girls, but a mentor and friend.

The acting all blends together well, and make the characters seem real with a scrip written with today's teenagers in mind. Even the soundtrack and graphic elements are a great edition and gives really brings it together.

I could normally care less about girl's basketball, but this movie will help you see there is more to this sport than just basketball. The winning season will captivate you and make you care about the characters and wish it was based on a true story.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Winning Season See more »

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Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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