THE WINNING SEASON
Follow the Bouncing PC Ball
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts,
Shareeka Epps, Emily Rios,
Rooney Mara, Rob Corddry,
Meaghan Witri, Melanie Hinkle,
and Margo Martindale
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: James C. Strouse
Executive Producer: Pamela Hirsch, Sam Rockwell,
Joseph C. Grano, Andrea Grano,
Daniel Crown, Nick Quested,
Reagan Silber, Jeanne
O’Brien, David Sweeney,
Jamie Carmichael, and Erick
Producer: Gia Walsh, Kara Baker, Daniela
Taplin Lundberg. Celine
Rattray, and Galt Niederhoffer
Writer: James C. Strouse
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
Former basketball coach Bill Greaves, played by Sam Rockwell, is languishing as a dishwasher for a chain restaurant in Plainview, Indiana. He’s also trying to overcome his estrangement from his teenage daughter, who’s living with his ex-wife.
A friend from his glory days, who’s now principal of a local high school, invites Bill to coach the girls’ varsity basketball team. At first, Bill thinks girls’ basketball is a joke, so he also treats his five young players like that. He also often acts like a jerk. His drinking habits, which are also the result of his depression over his bad relationship with his daughter, don’t help.
Then, Bill sees how serious the other teams are. With aid from the mannish bus driver who takes them to the away games, Bill slowly molds the team into a contender in the playoffs. But, can Bill overcome all his demons and win over the heart of his daughter, not to mention his players?
THE WINNING SEASON presents a captivating tale of redemption. Regrettably, however, there are scenes of drunkenness, excessive rudeness and gratuitous harsh language. Worse, the movie’s Romantic worldview has a politically correct view that eventually degrades into a pro-homosexual view of the bus driver’s sexual orientation. At the end, one of the protagonist’s basketball players develops homosexual “feelings” for an opposing player, which the movie sanctions.
Media-wise viewers who take faith and the Bible seriously will want to skip this movie.
THE WINNING SEASON presents a captivating tale of redemption. However, it includes scenes of drunkenness, rudeness and gratuitous harsh language. Worse, the movie’s Romantic worldview has a politically correct view that degrades into a pro-homosexual view of the bus driver’s sexual orientation. Also, one of the protagonist’s players develops homosexual “feelings” for an opposing player. Media-wise viewers who take faith seriously will want to skip this movie.