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"Coach" (DVD) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Nick (Hugh Dancy) is a carefree young man whose main interest is soccer and hanging out with his friends.  He has no responsibilities and lives off a trust fund left to him by his father.  When his girlfriend tires of waiting for him to grow up, she leaves him for greener pastures.  In an effort to win her back, he takes a job as a high school soccer coach.  Even though he knows nothing about kids, they take to him quickly and the team starts to have some success.  When one of the players is injured, Nick takes him to the hospital.  There he meets a pretty young doctor named Gabrielle.  Their romance blossoms and things are going well until the ex returns looking for love.  In addition, Nick runs afoul of one of the kids’ fathers when he gives him cash to keep him on the team.  All ends happily when the team wins the big game and Nick and Gabrielle live happily ever after.

 

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 27 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: not specified
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Starring: Hugh Dancy, Liane Balaban, David Zayas
  • Directed by Will Frears
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Innuendo
  • Language: No

Commentary

For me this movie failed as a romantic comedy.  The romance was fairly tame and the comedy much too sparse.  The only redeeming quality was the relationship between the kids and Nick.  I enjoyed watching Nick grow as a person and the kids respond positively to his inspiration.  Otherwise, the film fell flat.  It was at least short in length.  This DVD might appeal to those looking for a light-hearted mindless chick-flick but it never shows any sophistication or creativity.  Much of the script is cliché with sequences I’ve seen dozens of times before.  The scene where the ex-girlfriend comes on to Nick and Gabrielle walks in on them has been done to death in countless soap operas.  I don’t see this film becoming part of too many libraries.

Technical

Picture quality was generally soft, even for a DVD.  Color was also a mixed bag.  At best it looked natural and flat.  Most of the time however, it was quite drab with low saturation and no dimensionality at all.  Flesh tones were all over the place with odd cyan and magenta tints in evidence.  Edge enhancement was also present which further flattened the image.  Why this movie has not been released on Blu-ray is a mystery but since no effort was made to create a decent transfer, I’m not that surprised.

Audio was of average quality for a Dolby Digital encode.  Dialog was always clear and intelligible but environmental sounds were mushy and lacked definition.  I also wanted for more music.  There were many scenes which would have benefitted from some background material but the score was used only in transitional scenes.

Extras

There are no bonus features on this disc.  All there are besides the movie are trailers for other Lionsgate films.Also included are 12 radio ads and two theatrical trailers.  All in all it’s a very full set of extras.