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Coach Carter

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Source: Catholic News Service

Formulaic but interesting story of real-life basketball coach Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) who accepts a job at a Richmond, Calif., high school with the stipulation that all the players sign contracts agreeing to uphold academic standards, and when some of them don't, he grounds the entire team, a controversial action that causes a great furor. The film directed by Thomas Carter (no relation) is reasonably absorbing, and Jackson gives a compellingly tough and unsentimental performance. Though parents may consider it important for inner-city kids to see this inspiring story with its message extolling academic achievement and teamwork, be warned that there's a good deal of crude language (unfortunately true to life) and an abortion subplot with questionable moral implications. Much crude language, drug dealing, some violence, abortion, suggestive dancing and sexual situations. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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