This triumph of the human spirit was inspired by a true story called SUNSET PARK. The movie depicts a New York City inner school and its students and teachers struggling to survive. The story revolves around a volleyball coach finishing her season. Searching for a way to quit teaching and buy a restaurant, Phyllis Saroka, played by Rhea Perlman, takes the position of a boys basketball coach. Her first challenge is to overcome resistance from faculty and students who know more about basketball than she does. She agrees to learn basketball from her team, if she can teach them how to win. The true story is really about each team member’s struggle to change inside and out in order to become a winning unit. From dope dealer to genius, from womanizer to the “non-talented”, the movie shows how the coach teaches them to change in order to better work together.
The unpredictable coach somehow befriends, motivates and inspires. Yet, this is not a HOOSIERS kind of movie — it is more about finding the will to survive, the will to triumph and the will to overcome. This movie is definitely for adults with principles that every parent could use, but the language and content is definitely not conducive to the audience that the film depicts. Though inspiring and hopeful, it has plenty of violence, foul language and drug use.
(B, LLL, VV, S, A, D, M) Moral worldview indicating teamwork, respect for authorities & anti-drug message; 25 profanities & 32 obscenities; moderate violence including children beating other children in school, teachers threaten other teachers in front of students & student threatens teacher with knife, & shooting implied; talk about sex; alcohol use by students; drug use by students; and, locker room talk, lying & losing control of temper