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''Coach Carter'' is a 2005 film BasedOnATrueStory about a high-school basketball coach who demanded academic excellence from his students, trying to change the culture of a sports-dominated school. He was so determined that when the team's grades slipped he cancelled the team's games outright, including one with a rival school, despite protests from the other students and the parents. Think ''Film/LeanOnMe'' but with a basketball team and Creator/SamuelLJackson.

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!Tropes featured include:

* AdultsAreUseless: Unless they are Coach Carter. The film plays this trope pretty straight, but eventually the parents come around.
* AdvertisedExtra: Commercials prior to the film be released hyped up {{Ashanti}} as being one of the lead actors. She ended up being a really minor character.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Coach Carter berates the team for losing control at a party, one of them asks him that they won the game so what else did he want from them, which makes him realize that they were not understanding the values he was trying to teach them alongside the plays.
* BadassTeacher: Coach Carter. At the start, he wasn't taking any attitude from the team and called them out on their fall-backs, such as using the N-Word, taunting during the game, etc. He managed to whip his team into shape thanks to this and has turned them into successful men at the very end.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: the team loses the last game, but the solidarity that they gained means more than winning. In addition, many of the team members went on to college and had successful lives.]]
* ClassClown: Worm.
* {{Delinquents}}: How the team is viewed, but Carter finds out that they just need some guidance and someone to think that they can do better than what is expected of them.
* DeadpanSnarker: Coach Carter, but that's no surprise.
* TheDeterminator: Surprisingly, Timo.
* DownToTheLastPlay
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Junior and his mother.
* JerkAss: Most of the team, at first. They get better.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Timo. Sure, he's an arrogant hothead, but most of it is to mask his fear of becoming great.
* LargeHam: Creator/SamuelLJackson himself.
* MamaBear: Junior's mother. Justified because her other son lost his life and so she became incredibly protective of Junior as a result.
* MeaningfulEcho: "What is your deepest fear?"
* NWordPrivileges: Deconstructed by Coach Carter in a rather eloquent speech.
* PapaWolf: Coach Carter in regards to his team.
* SaveOurStudents
* ScaryBlackMan: Samuel Jackson again!
* SeriousBusiness: This is how the school reacts when Carter locks the gym and cancels games. As for Carter, he makes it clear it to them that basketball should not be taken that seriously compared to practicing good values.
* SoProudOfYou: Despite [[spoiler: losing the final match]],Coach Carter says this to his team for playing a hard-fought game, doing the impossible, and achieving victory within.
* SuckySchool: Unbelievably so, and with a principal to match.
* TokenMinority: In this film, it's actually a white character on the basketball team, Jason, played by Channing Tatum.
* TrainingFromHell: Carter sure put the team through the grinder. Even the slightest infraction was punishable by several pushups and suicides.

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