The Winning Season

2009 PG-13 1h 45m DVD

The Winning Season

2009 PG-13 1h 45m DVD
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Searching for a coach for his hapless girls' basketball team, school principal Terry turns to his friend, Bill, a divorced, drunken dishwasher who isn't even involved in his own daughter's life. But Bill's life changes as he bonds with the team.
Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Emily Rios, Rooney Mara, Jessica Hecht, Connor Paolo, Meaghan Witri, Melanie Hinkle, Shana Dowdeswell, Vanessa Gordillo, Shareeka Epps, Margo Martindale
James C. Strouse
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this indie sports dramedy stars former tween star Emma Roberts (Unfabulous, Hotel for Dogs), but it's more age-appropriate for teens. There's some mild violence (a courtside brawl, with a couple of punches and some pushing/shoving), more language than expected (including both swear words like "s--t" and "a--hole" and racial epithets like "wetback"), and the requisite adolescent sexuality -- which includes some kissing in a convertible and an inappropriate relationship between an older shoe salesman and one of the 17-year-old players. The coach -- who's frequently drunk -- has huge problems with his own daughter and a recurring fascination with the assistant coach's sexuality. The girls try to score a drink in one scene.

Sexual Content

One of the players is involved with a much older guy and is shown holding hands and making out with him. Another player has a boyfriend; they kiss in his car. The coach tells a player she's not his type because he likes "big t-ts" and an "onion ass" (which he describes as "an ass that makes you want to cry"). There's consistent speculation about the assistant coach's sexuality, and one of the players questions her own sexuality because of how she feels toward an opposing player.


Trash-talking at a game leads to a brawl (one punch, plus pushing and shoving) on the basketball court. The coach punches and pushes a much older guy who's dating one of his players.


Fairly frequent use of words like "bitch," "a--hole," "p---y," and "s--t" by high-school students and adults. In a couple of scenes, racial slurs are said to a Mexican-American student. Other words include "t-ts," "ass," and more.

Social Behavior

Toward the very end of the movie, there are positive messages about teamwork, cooperation, and rising above differences to achieve a common goal. A girl who once made jokes about Mexicans ends up defending her Mexican teammate. Another girl who always attends her boyfriend's games stands up for herself and asserts that relationships require reciprocated support.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The coach is a huge drinker. At one point, he's so drunk that he gets pulled over for driving under the influence. The girls try to score a drink in one scene.

  • 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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