By Bob Palmer
While it might not be fair to compare the 1986 Gene Hackman classic to Ben Affleck’s tortured performance, both do use basketball as the glue that holds the story together.
And the basketball is exciting.
Affleck, an alcoholic construction worker with a failed marriage, is asked to coach the basketball team at his old Catholic high school where he was all-world. The team has not won a title in this century, and Affleck finds a sense of purpose in working with the players that leads him to give up the booze — for a while… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).
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