Not even the thundering dynamism of ace tough guy Samuel L. Jackson can lift this inspirational story about an uncompromising basketball coach from mediocrity. Businessman Ken Carter came to Northern California's Richmond High School in 1997, and he quickly cleaned up the place's failing academics and lousy sports programs; but it wasn't until 1999, when he locked his players out of their own gym until their grades improved, that he became a controversial local celebrity. Then he led his ragtag bunch to redemption. You've seen it all before, in everything from Knute Rockne, All-American to Miracle to Stand and Deliver. Director Thomas Carter (no relation to Ken) relies on processed emotion and stock characters, and not even the inevitable Big Game excites us very much. With Rob Brown, Rick Gonzalez, and Channing Tatum as players, and Ashanti as a pregnant girlfriend.