Sundance Review: The Winning Season


Director:James C. Stouse

Cast:Sam Rockwell, Rob Corddry, Emma Roberts, Shareeka Epps

Running Time:95.00


already wowed audiences a few days earlier in Moon, Sam Rockwell took to the screen again, this time as Bill, an alcoholic waiter who gets a chance a second chance by coaching the local girl's basketball team in James C. Stouse' s The Winning Season.

Showcasing a been-there-done-that story line and a slew of uninteresting characters, the film throws up a brick in almost every sense as Rockwell's performance proves a waste in this horrific excuse for a motion picture. The cast, which features a heavy load of recognizable names, can't pull pull it together, losing the 'game' from the get-go and ending the 'season' on a sour note.

However, the true misstep lies in the film's unflattering story. Depicting the struggles of a woman's high school basketball team, The Winning Season plays it safe all the way through. Never do they venture outside of the box, nor do they attempt to to create a spark. The lines are mundane, the conclusion as expected and the characters one-dimensional as the film follows the typical formula of a sports drama, never capitalizes on the work of Rob Corddry, who in the big scheme of things, generates the film's lone spark.

Coming off the bench, Corddry stars as the high school's over enthusiastic principle as well as a father to one of the team's five players. His role is small, but his overall effect on the entire film is monumental. His charm, innocence and ability to generate laughs through the simplest of moves not only distracts the audience from the unflattering story being told, but it also serves as a great stepping stone for the famed supporting actor.

Throw in a slew of unfortunate performances by the ladies of the team, and a film that could have been considered a success falls miserably by the wayside. But when you think about it, a family targeted film with numerous F-bombs doesn't stand much of a chance in today's society, does it?


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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