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(2023) (Woody Harrelson, Kaitlin Olson) (PG-13)
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- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A disgraced basketball coach must fulfill ninety days of community service by coaching a basketball team made up of young people with special needs.
At one point, Marcus Markovich (Woody Harrelson) was an up-and-coming basketball coach with a promising career, but his behavior led to his downfall. The most recent incident stems from pushing his head coach, Phil (Ernie Hudson), during a game, followed by a drunk driving crash that results in a sentence of ninety days of community service. That involves coaching a team of young people with special needs at a rec center managed by Julio (Cheech Marin).
Known as The Friends, the team consists of Johnny (Kevin Iannucci), Cody (Ashton Gunning), Craig (Matthew Von Der Ahe), Blair (Tom Sinclair), Benny (James Day Keith), Arthur (Alex Hintz), Marlon (Casey Metcalfe), and Showtime (Bradley Edens), although the most talented player, Darius (Joshua Felder), refuses to play for him, with the only young lady on the squad, Consentino (Madison Tevlin), later joining them.
While hoping that his former fellow coach Sonny (Matt Cook) can land him an NBA job through family connections, Marcus tries to get the team ready for competition, all while contending with the fact that a woman from a previous one-night stand, Alex (Kaitlin Olson), turns out to be Johnny's sister. Initially wanting just to serve his time and then get out of town for bigger and better things, Marcus ends up bonding with his players with hopes of taking them to the championship game.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It might be intriguing for those interested in films featuring people with special needs.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For strong language and crude/sexual references.
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