It's Thursday once more, and it's time for the Thursday Movie Meme, hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week's theme is sport movies. I don't watch a lot of sport movies, so there's a small pool of films that I can pick from. I chose three movies that I like, although one of them could be considered a hidden gem.
At some point in my life, I always watched Coach Carter. I can't help it, I like underdog stories. Coach Carter was based on a true story about a coach benching his undefeated team when they were failing academically. I thought that Samuel L. Jackson did a fine job bringing the character to life. He was motivational, and wise, and you could see the respect his team gave him after teaching them that there's more to life than sports, that even if they trained to be the best, they need to accomplish other feats as well. There were a lot of inspiring speeches, team drama, and sport thrills.
Another underdog story, this time about a rag tag team needing to earn the money to save their gym - and a dodgeball competition answers their prayers. This one was a really fun movie. Vince Vaughn did play his typical aloof comedy character, and Ben Stiller was annoyingly hilarious.
Win Win isn't really more on the sport, but more on the life of a part-time wrestling coach, whose life turns to a surprise when he decided to become a guardian of an incapacitated client, and takes on the client's grandson when he discovers that the boy is an excellent wrestler. Paul Giamatti was excellent in the role - he has to put himself in different roles in life, and yet he does it with ease, never mixing his life together.