USA Today - 04/26/1996
"...[Fredro Starr's] love-hate dynamic with Perlman energizes the film..."
Brooklyn phys-ed teacher Phyllis Saroka (Rhea Perlman) is stuck in a rut. Coming off of a string of failed relationships, with little money to her name, she takes on the job as the boys' varsity basketball coach--despite knowing very little about the game. Hoping to stow away enough money to eventually open a restaurant in St. Croix, Phyllis takes the job strictly as a means to make some cash--and because no one else wanted to do it. The team is initially distrustful of her, but as she gets to know the players, and each of their personal problems, she is able to overcome their skepticism and open hostility. .
In dire need of money, Phyllis Saroka, a white female with absolutely NO knowledge of basketball, takes a job at an inner city high school as a B-ball coach. Understandably, her black, highly unmotivated players are skeptical of Phyllis's abilities. But as Phyllis learns more about the game, and more about the kids, she gets involved in their lives, helping them through personal crises. A bond develops between the coach and the players, who soon begin to take the game more seriously, and perform better on the court. Can Phyllis and her re-charged team win the championship'
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Released theatrically in the USA April 26, 1996.
A Jersey Films Production in association with Daniel L. Paulson Productions.
Additional cast: James Harris (Butter), Anthony Hall (Andre), Antwon Tanner (Drano), and Shawn Michael Howard (Kurt).
Additional credit: David Ian Benezra (basketball consultant).
Additional song performers: 2Pac, The Dogg Pound, Ghostface Killer featuring Raekwon, Junior M.A.F.I.A., 69 Boyz featuring Quad City DJ's, Mobb Deep, Onyx, Groove Theory, Big Mike, Adina Howard.