Sam Rockwell has done some pretty great work over the past decade, often comfortably occupying that undefined space somewhere between comedy and drama. I vaguely remember hearing that he had starred in a sports comedy called The Winning Season recently, but when it premiered at Sundance last year I think it must have been somewhat overshadowed by that other great Rockwell performance in Duncan Jones’ Moon. Now the movie is finally getting a theatrical release from Lionsgate and the first trailer has arrived online, although after watching it I can’t say I’m sold.
For all intents and purposes, this looks like a very typical feel good comedy about a washed up coach taking over a high school girls basketball team full of misfits and underdogs. However, the fact that Rockwell is in it, and the fact that it is written and directed by James Strouse (Grace Is Gone, Lonesome Jim) would seem to indicate that there is a little more to it than that. The cast also includes Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Rooney Mara, and Shareeka Epps, who previously starred in Half-Nelson, but I still suspect it will be closer to Kicking and Screaming than that film. The release date is TBA, but check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.