The Winning Season

January 3rd, 2009


The Winning Season

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Still of Sam Rockwell, Margo Martindale, Emma Roberts, Shareeka Epps, Rooney Mara, Emily Rios, Melanie Hinkle and Meaghan Witri in The Winning SeasonStill of Sam Rockwell in The Winning SeasonStill of Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts in The Winning SeasonStill of Sam Rockwell and James C. Strouse in The Winning SeasonStill of Rob Corddry in The Winning SeasonStill of Emma Roberts in The Winning Season

A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.7/10 (1,679 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Director: James C. Strouse

Stars: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry

Only connect. In a Hoosier town, boys' basketball is king. Bill is a former athlete and high-school coach who drinks too much, rarely sees his daughter from an old marriage, and busses tables at a local cafe. A friend who's now a principal offers him a job coaching girls; Bill takes it without much spirit. Six come to practice; one has a broken foot. They're awful in their first game, and Bill has to figure out, with help from Donna, the school's burly bus driver, if he actually can coach girls. They respond, and Bill suddenly has a family of sorts, just as his own relationship with his daughter worsens. With a winning season in reach, will Bill blow this chance?

Sam Rockwell - Bill
Emma Roberts - Abby
Rob Corddry - Terry
Emily Rios - Kathy
Rooney Mara - Wendy
Jessica Hecht - Stacey
Connor Paolo - Damon
Meaghan Witri - Tamra
Melanie Hinkle - Mindy
Shana Dowdeswell - Molly
Vanessa Gordillo - Flor
Shareeka Epps - Lisa
Margo Martindale - Donna
Melissa Graver - New Rome Forward
Caitlin Colford - Trish

Taglines: It took a bunch of girls to make him man up.

Release Date: 3 Jan 2009

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

User Review

Took me by surprise

Rating: 8/10

I loved this movie. I rented it on demand the same day as theatrical release. I thought it would be a goofy off the wall sort of comedy with Rob Corddry in it as the school principal. To my surprise this was a comedy that was very touching and heartwarming. I loved the developing relationship between Sam Rockwell (the girls coach) and the team. I was also very pleased to see a movie with a group of teenage girls that did not depict them as a bunch of catty little snots. Yes the team has their differences and cliquishness, but that is minimal compared to the bonding that goes on. Margo Martindale is great as the assistant coach. The actors in this movie are pitch perfect acting up to the limit of a real character but never crossing the line to where they are not believable. See this movie when you just want to feel good!


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