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3.7 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2) stars as an adult misfit who is brought on to coach the local girls’ high school basketball team and, while he leads the girls to victories on the court, he discovers they have a lot to teach him as well. The film co-stars Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew), Rob Corddry (W), Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson) and Emily Rios (Quinceanera).

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The Winning Season is a charming drama-comedy that puts a fresh spin on a familiar story. The incomparable Sam Rockwell plays a coach who is battling his own personal demons as well as taking on the challenge of making a young, tattered girls' basketball team into a cohesive, talented group. The Winning Season's charm comes from its very winsome cast, including Emma Roberts, Emily Rios, Rooney Mara, Shareeka Epps, and Connor Paolo--all steadily working young actors with lots of charisma. But Rockwell's Bill at first doesn't find a lot to be stoked about in his new assignment--he's a has-been with a drinking problem, and issues with his own daughter. Still, Rockwell saves the role from being a stereotype with his focus and emotion that barely seeps through his battered, tough exterior. And the young team members, especially Roberts, are the most endearing underdogs since The Bad News Bears. Also worthy of mention is Margo Martindale, who plays Donna, the team's bus driver and Greek chorus of one, who is there for the girls as well as for Bill--and who plays coach to Bill as he tries to confront and wrestle his own demons. The Winning Season covers some familiar territory--underdog sports team overcoming obstacle after obstacle--but thanks to its splendid cast, its high spirits sweep the viewer along for a wonderful feel-good ride. --A.T. Hurley

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  • Actors: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Emily Rios, Rooney Mara
  • Directors: James C. Strouse
  • Writers: James C. Strouse
  • Producers: Gia Walsh, Kara Baker, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QE7UE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Winning Season" on IMDb

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Film critics said that this movie has the "Bad News Bears" trope. Slightly, maybe, but it's not a comedy. I LOVED it. The characters seem far more real to me than in most underdog sports films. ***SPOILERS*** Who could do troubled LOSER better than Sam Rockwell? He has a motley crew of girls and an assistant coach that don't fit anywhere either. For me this film is sublime- it ain't over 'til it's over, and even when it seems to be, it STILL ain't. Ultimately all that matters is that you give your all; you don't let past mistakes get in the way, and above all else, regardless of what others think or say, you try to do what's right. In any case, it's never too late.

Quite subtle, no catch phrases, no fat kid or Tatum O'Neal cracking wise, just good acting all around. Some profanity and sexual references, but they seem fitting, not gratuitous. Rockwell's stumbling relations with his daughter dovetail nicely with those with his players, each informing the other. Seemingly formulaic, but not really- this is the way it WOULD happen. No storybook ending, just life happening as it does, with a bunch of people coming to care about each other and the group, each with an enhanced sense of belonging and purpose. MAGIC.
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I like Sam Rockwell. This movie would have been a disaster without his acting chops to give the production some manner of depth. The weight of the other characters is carried by his performance as a troubled has-been, needing to refocus his life and get back on track. It's a feel-good movie of the Indie variety that has comedic moments, current trends topics such as lesbianism, and a good ole fashioned last second shot at the buzzer ending.
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Not a *great* movie but not a bad one either. A lot of these movies folow the same formula, but this does not. Adequate performances from an adequate cast, with an adequate script. That doesn't make for a superlative movie, but having no gross deficiencies elevates the overall movie is an above-average experience.
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Given the level of talent involved here - Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rooney Mara - I expected a lot better from The Winning Season. It's a perfectly inoffensive sports movie about an alcoholic former coach given one last chance and the team of losers he inspires, and it hits all the expected notes. The problem is that everything here was lifted from other, better movies, the writing often dips into sitcom territory, and the basketball scenes aren't especially well staged.

Still, it isn't terrible, just entirely by-the-numbers filmmaking that delivers exactly what one would expect.
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This movie was awful. Just terrible. Not funny, not inspiring. Depressing actually. You can't even really root for the main character, because he's a pretty big loser. And the worst sin any movie can commit, it was boring. Not worth your time.
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This movie is hilarious! I got such a kick out of it, especially the "mascot" scene. Sam Rockwell is terrific when he channels his inner 'kook." Bought a copy of this DVD to use with kids when we read a couple stories about down and out people who pull it together and help others. Fun way to get the point across.
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I enjoy a sports movie now and then, so when I spotted "The Winning Season" starring Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts in the five-dollar DVD bin at Wal-Mart I picked it up. It was concerned with small-town Indiana girl's high school basketball, surely not the most glamorous of team spectator sports. Rockwell, a former basketball star, got the chance to be the coach of a six-girl, rag-tag team. He was not enthusiastic, to say the least, but it lifted him out of a temporary bus-boy job. He quickly endeared himself to the girls and other high school employees and was widely regarded as a rear-side body opening. It's one of the more commonly used words in the movie, and it fits. Even he uses it when talking about himself.

In any case, the whole story is practically a sports cliche and you all know what's going to happen. The rag-tag team will have a few big early losses, then somehow find themselves, then start to win and finally get into the state division title match. Yawn! The somewhat alcoholic coach chooses their overweight lesbian bus driver to be his assistant coach, and the head coach finally manages to get kicked off the team and banned from the school. By this time, of course, he's enthusiastic about girl's basketball and tries everything to get his coaching position back. He coaches the final couple games through a variety of ruses including sending in instructions via the phone. Somehow, it all works and makes for a very enjoyable and exciting movie. Plus, it's very funny in places.

Well, this movie has to be the ultimate in low-cost productions. Everything is minimal. An actual high school serves as the set and there are no fancy design changes. The grounds are as is. There are no action scenes.
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Low budget. Too much profanity. Tired theme. Kind of implausible (the drunk coach thing). I didn't want to hear about Mexicans and Lesbians (Hey! There's a great movie title!) But I really liked this movie. I had never heard of Sam Rockwell, but he did a great acting job. I've coached girls basketball before and it was pretty much what I experienced with their personalities. I agree with all the reviews, good and bad. The one person that hated it didn't get through the whole movie. My initial reaction was the same. When is this guy going to act like a human? Why should I like this guy? But the arc was gradual. Seamless. What really made me like Sam Rockwell were the outtakes.
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