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Awesome: 3.23%
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by David Cornelius

"It's the feel-familiar hit of the season!"
2 stars

Hey kids!!! Now you too can make a hit movie just like the pros! All you need is a copy of our handy dandy Inspirational Sports Drama Home Game. It’s easy - just fill in the blanks, and you’re on your way to getting cheers from the multiplex crowds! To help you out, we’ve asked the makers of a recent Inspirational Sports Drama to show us their own answers:

Generic and vague yet possibly-inspirational title: “Pride”
Sport: swimming
True story? “inspired by”
Vintage setting: Philadelphia, 1974
Nonstop retro tunes on the soundtrack: classic Philly soul and similar early 70s hits
Top notch actor who delivers a performance better than the movie deserves: Terrence Howard
He/she will play: Jim Ellis
Hero is now a: great swimming coach
Hero was once a: great swimmer
Until he: punched a cop who told him to leave a swim meet in South Carolina back in 1964
Which shows us the hero is: too familiar with racial injustice
Backup example: he was also denied a teaching job because he was black
Main villain: Tom Arnold, sports director of the prep school who refused to hire the hero
Hero starts off movie as: poor schlub hired to clean out a rec center before the city tears it down
Inspiration comes to the hero when: he fixes up the center’s pool and starts swimming again
Hero first meets his team: as they play basketball outside
Secondary villain: neighborhood pimp/drug dealer first seen harassing basketball players
Plot picks up when: basketballers come inside on a hot day
Hero teaches them: how to swim
But also: how to respect the neighborhood; reading is cool
Stock characters used for team include: macho leader, goofy wisecracker, stuttering shy kid
Familiar face to be the hero’s sidekick: Bernie Mac
Sidekick’s job: rec center handyman
Sidekick as comic relief? yes
Bonus conflict: one swimmer’s big sister, a city councilwoman, refuses to keep center open
Bonus conflict averted: big sister (Kimberly Elise) is charmed by Bernie Mac, keeps center open
Family conflict: big sister does not want brother to swim; school is more important, she says
Family conflict averted: big sister is wooed by Terrence Howard; she lets him swim
Able to combine bonus conflict and family conflict for story economy? yes
Surprise member to join team late: a girl
Team surprised by new member because: she is a girl; she’s better than they are
New member joins team: the very same scene we meet her
Team loses their first game because: they’re not that good; they are cocky
First game lost to snooty rival team? yes
Are you even going to show any other teams? no (but one is mentioned once by name)
Hero thinks all is lost until he arrives to see: team already practicing on their own
Team member threatened to be kicked off team because: he is late to practice once
Punishment: all other team members must swim laps
Threat yelled by coach: “If you walk out, you are walking out on your life!”
Kicked off team? no
This crisis ever mentioned again in the entire movie? no
Rival team appears again: to balk at swimming in the “black neighborhood”
Team gets good when: no reason, really, they just get good
Montage of winning season? of course
Return of secondary villain: Terrence Howard beats up pimp who trashed rec center
Return of main villain: the championships
Racial tensions averted when: our team shows snooty white swimmers they’re good
Pointless catchphrase: “This is our house, coach!”
Real-life footage of our real-life hero today runs right before closing credits? You bet!

See how easy it is? Now it’s your turn! Grab a real-life sports hero, whip up a few pointless catchphrases, make sure you pour on the sappy music to remind the audience when to cry and when to cheer, and who cares if the rest is remotely good?

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originally posted: 03/23/07 00:00:00
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User Comments

8/06/18 Anne worth watching 4 stars
1/15/09 Sandy K this movie was very exciting and it is better than most movies i have seen in my life time. 5 stars
1/15/09 Anonymous. good acting and good story, but really nothing special. 3 stars
11/26/07 Random TDH is the big fish of this little project. Not quite poetic, but evocative all the same 4 stars
7/11/07 CrazyJayy In docudrama movies a lot gets dramatized, but this was very entertaining 4 stars
7/02/07 William Goss Glory Road + swimming + any other sports/race cliche either of those forgot. Good sdtrk. 3 stars
7/02/07 Tanya g very good movie, the acting was great 4 stars
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  23-Mar-2007 (PG)
  DVD: 26-Jun-2007



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