2007 PG 1h 49m DVD


2007 PG 1h 49m DVD
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In this sports-driven drama based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis changes lives and shocks his Philadelphia community when, aided by a janitor, he sets out to form the city's first black swim team. Along the way, he battles rigid rules and racism.
Terrence Howard, Tom Arnold, Bernie Mac, Louis Dupuy, Carol Dupuy, Kevin Phillips, Jeff Galpin, Louis Herthum, Alphonso McAuley, Trevor Morgan
Sunu Gonera
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this fact-based drama deals with racism head-on from its very first scene, in which Terrence Howard's character, Jim Ellis, is the only African American at a swim meet in 1960s North Carolina. A scuffle breaks out, and he ends up striking a white cop. He encounters bigotry again in the '70s when he ends up coaching an all-black swim team: The team's wealthier white competitors sabotage and ridicule the black swimmers at meets. But the drama also shows Jim's team making "honky" jokes and goofing off instead of taking competition seriously. Besides the opening brawl, there's another altercation in a pool, when Jim nearly drowns the local drug dealer.

Sexual Content

Some flirting and hand-holding and one kiss. The neighborhood pimp offers Jim a date with one of his ladies, but he declines. The boys on the team flirt and holler at girls.


Jim's presence at an all-white swim meet sparks a near riot. He punches a white police officer. Jim nearly drowns the local drug dealer.


Some foul language and racial terms like "Negro" and "boy."

Social Behavior

Inner-city African-American teens learn to appreciate swimming competitively thanks to their tireless coach. The entire neighborhood rallies behind the swimmers, and wealthy white swimmers and their coaches eventually grow to respect the team.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

There's an obvious drug dealer and pimp who uses local teens to make his deliveries.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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