I rented Coach Carter on DVD and it was better than I thought. There's a limit to what you can do when writing a sports film (even one based on a true story) as the audience would quite like the predictable happy ending. What I liked about Coach Carter is that the issue of the team's academic record is just as important as the basketball games so it's more than just an ESPN broadcast but about people and their potential.
There is one cool inspiring quote in the film, which ironically, was the one false moment. No-one says who the quote is by in the film but it's based on a Nelson Mandela one - but with the strange religious stuff edited out. I didn't believe Cruz would say it and the moment was a bit too schmaltzy for me.
Timo Cruz: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our dark that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people don't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. Its not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsiously give other people the right to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
The Pitch: A Series About Wacky Terrorists
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I would love to see that show but it's interesting that an unbuyable script can still get you other writing work.
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