Sociological Movie Review: Coach Carter
Introduction to Sociology (HSO 101)
Kamles Kumar A/L Vijaya Kumar
Miss. Rachel Chan Suet Kay
Coach Carter is a 2005 movie which was based upon a true story. The movie underlines the social structure and stratification of life in the American ghetto. The theme of the movie is the outcome of such societal boundaries on this group of students who play basketball; how it outlines their life, affects their social life and also their life goals. The movie depicts a Structural-functionalist of society Coach Carter received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news for benching his entire undefeated team for poor academic performance. Set in Richmond, California, this rousing, heartfelt portrayal of human courage and conviction is about overcoming the obstacles of your environment and showing young men a future that stretches beyond gangs, drugs, prison, and yes…even basketball. The coach made all his players sign a written contract that states, they should achieve a 2.3 G.P.A and also be present in class. In utter disbelieve, one player, Timo Cruz (Rick Gonzalez) physically challenges Coach Carter, only to get flung upon the gym wall. Cruz then protests that teachers are not allowed to touch students. In reply, Coach Carter responds, “I’m not a teacher; I’m the new basketball coach.” There is a new sheriff in town. Cruz angrily quits the team and goes back to drug dealing (only to rejoin the team later after repenting of his sins). Encouraging others to put education before sport, Carter wants to leave a legacy. He wants players to see beyond their hoop dreams and see a future with endless opportunities and possibilities. He acknowledges the fact that inner-city students face the challenges of poverty, racial discrimination and poor schools. The film also portrays the individual attitudes of the students as the primary obstacle to their academic achievement. These...