Wednesday, August 11, 2010

TRAILER: Sam Rockwell & Emma Roberts' "The Winning Season"

Plot: "A comedy centered on a has-been coach (Sam Rockwell) who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team."

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson), Emily Rios (Quinceanera), Connor Paolo (Eric from "Gossip Girl"), Rooney Mara

Verdict: Hmm, Emma Roberts in a sports comedy? Who's signing up for that? Oh wait, Sam Rockwell and Rob Corddry are in it? Done! And done! I'm sorry, but Roberts' idea of being funny is being an angsty teen who's always exasperated or annoyed or depressed about something. She even managed to be depressing in the romantic comedy Valentine's Day. There were people getting dumped in that movie who were happier than she was. She made the eve of losing her virginity seem like the day she was getting her AIDs test back. Cheer the fuck up mini-Roberts. You're 19. Life gets worse. Enjoy it while you can. As I was saying, Rockwell is always hilarious when he's being politically incorrect. Wishing he was anything but a coach to a bunch of talentless girls is rife with potential inappropriateness. Perfect example? His last line in the trailer: "It's not whether you win or lose. It's who's afraid to play you next time." It's like a teenage Whip It before the surge of self-esteem.

Release Date: Sept. 3 (limited)

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