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PRIDE

"Discipline Plus Moral and Spiritual Guidance Equals Victory"

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PRIDE is an inspiring story about a black teacher and swim coach who turns around an inner city recreation center in Philadelphia by getting local black teenagers interested in swimming. Based on a true story, the hero is Jim Ellis, played by Terrence Howard. Set mostly in 1974, the movie shows the beginnings of Jim's coaching at a rundown recreation center in Philadelphia that's scheduled to be closed. Helped by God, a local church and Elston, the center's long-time maintenance man played by Bernie Mac, Jim molds a group of undisciplined teenagers into a cohesive team with a chance at winning a regional title. The local drug dealer provides the climactic obstacle.

PRIDE is an entertaining, compelling, uplifting sports drama with a very strong moral worldview. The cast brings honesty and integrity to their performances. The movie also contains strong positive references to God, Jesus and church. Elston appeals to God for help in keeping the recreation center open, and God rewards him. Elston also gets a local black pastor and his congregation to support Jim and the teenagers. The movie is marred, however, by foul language. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution, especially for pre-teens.

Content:

(BBB, CC, LLL, V, N, D, M) Very strong moral worldview with strong Christian content, including God helps the struggling people in the story at one point and a local church congregation comes out to support the protagonist and his team; 26 or 27 obscenities (including one "heck" but no "f" words or sexual obscenities) and no profanities; some light fighting and swimmer kicks another swimmer during a swimming race; no sex; upper male nudity; no alcohol use; implied drug sales but no drugs shown or used, and protagonist takes a strong stand against the local drug dealer; and, racial stereotypes rebuked.

More Detail:

PRIDE is an inspiring story about a black teacher and swim coach who turns around an inner city recreation center in Philadelphia by getting black teenagers interested in swimming. Based on a true story about a Philadelphia swimming coach and teacher, the hero of the story is Jim Ellis, who is played by Terrence Howard, one of America’s best actors.

Viewers first meet Jim in 1964, when he is not allowed to compete in a swim meet in the South. Jim gets righteously angry and slugs a policeman. Ten years later, Jim is looking for a job in Philadelphia. A white school turns him down, and he gets a poorly paid job cleaning out an inner city recreation center scheduled for demolition. The center’s long-time maintenance man, Elston (played by Bernie Mac), is resentful of Jim and the center’s scheduled closing.

Jim does more than just clean out the dilapidated rec center, however. He also cleans out and fills the pool. Then, when the city takes away the baskets on the basketball court, Jim interests the local teenagers in learning how to swim. Soon, with help from Elston and God, Jim and the teenagers are forming a local swim team. Even so, the team has a long way to go before they learn the proper self-discipline and commitment to become more than a last-place finisher. They also have to confront the stereotype, even within their own community, that black people cannot swim well. Another problem they face is the local drug dealer.

PRIDE is an entertaining, compelling, uplifting sports drama with a very strong moral worldview. The cast brings honesty and integrity to their performances. The movie also contains strong positive references to God, Jesus and church. Elston appeals to God for help in keeping the recreation center open, and God rewards him. Elston also gets a local black pastor and his congregation to support Jim and the teenagers.

The movie is marred, however, by foul language. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution, especially for pre-teens.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.