Today, for the ‘Endless List of Movies I Love‘, I bring you the first of many favourite inspirational-sports-related movies. Woo! Aren’t you excited? I am!
Warning. There be spoilers ahead!
Coach Carter (2005). Based on a true story, the film follows Ken Carter as he becomes the basketball coach as Richmond High School. He strives to make the team the best, turn them into gentlemen, and prove that they are more than the postcode they live in.
I am a sucker for an inspirational movie which is based on a true story, and even better if it involves sports. I’m not really sure why, I mean, I’m not that into sport. Or even remotely athletically inclined. Anyway, the sport in this movie is great. The games (and even the training) are shown in such a way that you really feel like you’re watching a live game. It’s all very realistic, and Coach Carter’s training methods are shown to be effective in their unique ways.
The characters themselves are quite interesting (even more so when you consider how they’re based on real people – although the accuracy is in question). The film realistically portrays the situation these young men live in. It shows how they each face different struggles in their lives, and how they grow to over come them. I know it sounds a tad cliché, but I don’t see it as that. Coach Carter himself is a man who will not accept anything less than perfect, and moulds his players into incredible young people, who all go on to achieve great things.
Coach Ken Carter: You, Sir, shooting the ball, what’s your name?
Jason Lyle: Jason Lyle, but I ain’t no Sir.
Coach Ken Carter: Oh, well, are you a madam?
Coach Ken Carter: [to the people in attendance at the board hearing] You really need to consider the message you’re sending this boys by ending the lockout. It’s the same message that we as a culture send to our professional athletes; and that is that they are above the law. If these boys cannot honour the simple rules of a basketball contract, how long do you think it will be before they’re out there breaking the law? I played ball here at Richmond High 30 years ago. It was the same thing then; some of my team mates went to prison, some of them even ended up dead. If you vote to end the lockout, you won’t have to terminate me; I’ll quit.
Jason Lyle: You said we’re a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph.
Coach Ken Carter: l came to coach basketball players, and you became students. l came to teach boys, and you became men.
Coach Ken Carter: When we step on the floor every second that clock is ticking, we are pedal to the metal, we run the ball, we pressure the ball, and most importantly we control the tempo of the game, we make them play Richmond Oiler ball.
There you have it. Another Friday, another movie. Next Friday I’m thinking something with Mark Wahlberg. I do love me some Wahlberg.