I had a chance to go to an education conference and we were lucky enough to have a chartered bus to travel from Iowa to Minneapolis. On the trip home, we put in a movie that starred Samuel L. Jackson named Coach Carter.
Coach Carter is a basketball coach that takes a job at his old school, a school that is one of the worst school in the state in way of graduation and education. There are several young players who have their own struggles with dedication, as well as the other typical troubles that face the typical high school student in this type of sport movie.
Coach Carter was a pretty entertaining film for one main reason. It was Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson is always good, even in poorly written, cliche-ridden sport movie. Jackson had a presence and he was very believable in the role. Without him, I am afraid that this movie would have been considerably worse.
Most of the movie’s younger actors, including a young Channing Tatum, were not very good here. Tatum has improved dramatically as an actor and seeing him this way is a stark reminder of how much better he has become.
As an educator, there were a lot of things that were illogical or downright wrong about what goes on in the movie. The principal and the teachers were doing and saying things that made no sense, but, ironically, much of what Coach Carter says and does was almost exactly what, ironically, was talked about at my conference.
In the end, Coach Carter is a fun time despite its problems. And as the first of the “classic” reviews, Coach Carter gets a….