Thursday, March 15, 2007

Have Some Pride

Earlier today, I saw a commercial for a movie that is in theaters soon. I’ve never heard of it before—“Pride.”

Its formula is a little “copycat”—black and/or inner city high school sports team overcomes the odds, when nobody believed in them. Oh yeah, and it’s based on a true story. Remember the Titans. Glory Road. Coach Carter. Mighty Ducks. Miracle. There are ten or twenty others in recent years.

But this one is a little different, because of the sport it is based on. Not football. Not baseball. Not basketball. Not even hockey. This movie is based on… swimming? WTF? Swimming? Really?

But don’t worry. Just because the movie is based on a non-contact water sport, in Philadelphia in 1974, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t lack the drama and emotion that all the other movies based on real sports have. Just take a look at these emotional quotes from the trailer:

“You need to leave the swimming to the experts.”
“So you the expert now?”

“Remember, if you walk out, you are walking out on your life.”

We’ve been chasing dreams for many, many years. Tomorrow you’ll all get an opportunity to fulfill some of those dreams.”

“This is our house coach!”

So go see Pride, in theaters March 23. Oh yeah, Bernie Mac is the pool/rec center’s janitor. Classic.

1 comment:

Giraffe said...

I would just like to note that I posted this at 10:58, and Bill Simmons posted his at 11:14:

"Good God ... it's a sports movie about an all-black swim team starring Bernie Mac and Terence Howard that includes a villainous all-white swim team coached by Tom Arnold. I think we've officially run out of ideas for sports movies."