The Winning Season

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Released 2010

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Director:
James C Strouse
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG-13
The Winning Season is the 2009 film where Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award recipient James C. Strouse follows up his 2007 Sundance Film Festival favorite Grace Is Gone with this comedy drama about an alcoholic ex-basketball star who gets a second chance at success on the court when recruited by a local high school principal to coach the girl's varsity team. Bill (Sam Rockwell) used to sink hoops in the NBA, but that was before the bottle got the best of him. These days, Bill's more likely to be spotted bussing tables at the local diner than hustling up and down the court. Handed the reins on his daughter's basketball team by the school's principal, Bill seizes the opportunity to get back in the game and set things right.

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  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    With an invaluable assist from Sam Rockwell, hilarious and wounding as a deadbeat dad who lands a high school coaching gig, it's the rare inspirational movie with more than just wi...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    Often lacks momentum, especially in its early stretches. It is, however, a far more solid film than writer-director James C. Strouse's debut, the war-themed family drama "Grace Is ...

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Gets lost in a fog of indecision and compromise.

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    Comedy, Drama, Sports

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    High School Sports, Basketball, Independent