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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 Music/{{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.
** Also:
---> '''Principal:''' Your intentions are good, Mr. Carter, but your methods are a bit extreme. (locking the gym until every player gets at least a 2.3 GPA)
---> '''Carter:''' You painted an extreme picture.
---> '''Principal:''' No one expects them to graduate, no one expects them to go to college. So you take away basketball. The one area of their lives where they have some success.
---> '''Carter:''' [[BluntYes Yes ma'am.]]
---> '''Principal:''' And you challenge them academically?
---> '''Carter:''' Yes ma'am.
---> '''Principal:''' And what if they fail?
---> '''Carter:''' [[{{Subversion}} Then ''we've'' failed]].
---> '''Principal:''' Unfortunately, Mr. Carter, both you and I know that for some of these kids, this basketball season will be the highlight of their lives.
---> '''Carter:''' [[DoubleSubversion Well, I think that's the problem. Don't you?]]

* ArtisticLicense: Several instances [[http://truesportsmovies.com/basketball/coach-ken-carter-richmond-oilers/ mentioned here]]. But one popular example is Coach Carter being portrayed as having earned a basketball scholarship to Division I school George Mason University. In real life, Carter didn't attend George Mason. He attended George ''Fox'' University, a Division III school in Oregon.
* 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
* DumbJock: Most of the team except Damien, and especially Junior, who has difficulty reading and hardly shows up to class. [[spoiler:They work their butts off to avert this trope in the end.]]
* 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.
* LogoJoke: The Paramount logo briefly turns into a version doodled in a notebook.
* 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?"
* NeverSayDie: [[spoiler:Renny's fate]] is never explicitly stated.
* NWordPrivileges: {{Defied}} by Coach Carter in a rather eloquent speech.
-->'''Carter''': Nigger is a derogatory term used to insult our ancestors. See, if a white man used it, you'd be ready to fight. Your using it teaches him to use it. You're saying it's cool. Well, it's not cool, and when you're around me, I don't want to hear that shit! Are we clear?
* OneSteveLimit: Played with. Coach Carter's full name, in real- and in reel-life, is Kenny Ray Carter. Kenyon's girlfriend Kyra sometimes calls him "Kenny" as a pet name.
* OnlySaneMan: Damien. [[spoiler:Except when his teammates get him drunk at the Bay Hill girl's party.]] Kenyon, despite dealing with the burdens of having a pregnant girlfriend, often fits this trope as well.
* 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.
* StopBeingStereotypical: Coach Carter challenges his team to overcome the DumbJock stereotype. As well as calling out the principal for perpetuating it by disregarding the team's education due to her belief that they cannot do any better.
* 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.
** Aside from Jason Lyle, the Oilers have another white player and an Asian, both of whom don't have any lines. Otherwise, the team consists of African-Americans and Latinos.
* TrainingFromHell: Carter sure put the team through the grinder. Even the slightest infraction was punishable by several pushups and suicide drills.

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