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Film Review: The Winning Season (2009)

Sam Rockwell plays a disgraced, highschool basketball couch and part-time arsehole who’s been reduced to a dishwasher. His spirits are lifted when he gets the opportunity to couch again, but he wasn’t expecting it to be girl’s basketball.

The plot is nothing new; Rockwell‘s character has to turn his team around so they can actually win some games, while dealing with his bigotry and personal problems, which make him the arsehole he is. We’ve seen plenty of similar films before. What makes this one stand out for me is the slightly unusual performances from many of the actors. The exchanges between the teenage girls are not the normal stilted Hollywood formula, they seem more genuine and realistic. The same goes for the other actors and situations. Even though these character relationships are not explored to great depth, you’re given enough to help you care about them. Which adds more weight to the emotional and comedic moments.

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It’s quite an emotional rollercoaster, dealing with various personal issues without over simplifying them with unrealistic easy solutions. And with a good smattering of laughs it makes for a very nice, feel-good flick.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Winning Season on IMDb

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