In 1999, Coach Ken
Carter became a national celebrity when he shut down the basketball
season at Richmond High because team members weren’t living up to their
contract for academic commitment. Now there is the movie, “Coach Carter
– The Movie,” opening in theaters nationwide on January 14, 2005.
The following is
from the website
Average is just not
good enough. Period."
philosophy is one that is followed by the very real
Coach Ken Carter, who oversees the
direction of Richmond High School's basketball program in Calfornia. In
1999, Carter found himself in the center of controversy when he locked
out his entire Varsity basketball team (including his own son) in order
to motivate and push them to improve their grades.
Not only did the coach close the gym, but he also banned any and all
basketball-related activities. He was even prepared to cancel his entire
season after 15 of his 45 players failed to live up to the classroom
standards they agreed to in a contract they had signed earlier in the
semester. His approach worked for at least one of the kids: his son
Damien made the honor roll from that time until his graduation, and was
accepted to West Point Academy.
Taking on the role of the individualistic coach is
Samuel L. Jackson, who will work
among some fine up and coming young actors. The Rookie's memorable
Rick Gonzalez is onboard along with
Rob Brown (Finding Forrester), and
Robert Ri'chard (Feast of All
Saints). Also appearing in her first movie role ever is
Ashanti, who will play the girlfriend
of one of the basketball players.
It's a terrific, uplifting sports story, and should find a solid
audience similar to Hoosiers, Remember the Titans or Miracle. There's
definitely value in showing kids that there's more to life than
succeeding in sports alone.
(Kim Hollis/Box Office
Prophets - 9/22/2004)