Another kid, Timo Cruz (Rick Gonzalez) a.k.a “Cruz,” is involved in gang life and is seen carrying a 9 mm. The only kid on the team who is well-rounded is Damien (Robert Ri’chard), Coach Carter’s son, who is an overachiever with a 3.5 G. One of the high school students fools around with his girlfriend (they are both clothed).The basketball team is seen taking showers, wearing nothing but towels in the locker room.Teen-agers dance suggestively at a school-sponsored dance (think gyrating hips).
In the same scene, one teammate is seen from a balcony wearing nothing but a towel, indicating he may have slept with someone.
The violence is quite mild except for a gang shooting where Cruz’s cousin is shot. We see a fake holdup by Cruz trying to play a joke on his teammates.
Cruz’s cousin gets fatally wounded by a gang member.
Sex, drugs, and gangs plague the lives of the young high school kids and the high school has done nothing to encourage academic studies. Jackson), an owner of a sports equipment shop, decides to take up the position of coaching Richmond’s pathetic basketball team, hoping to inspire and discipline the troubled youths.
In fact, he had attended Richmond High 30 years ago, setting several school records in passing and shooting.
At first, the kids on the team are taken aback by Coach Carter’s strict discipline (the players have to sign a contract in order to stay on the team by wearing a shirt and tie on game day, sitting in the front of class, and maintaining a 2.3 GPA), however, they warm up to him and soon their team becomes undefeated in the league. Two of the star shooters, Kenyon (Rob Brown) and Sam (Jason Sweet), both have problems. In order to keep his kids focused academically, he locks down the gym and cancels games and practices until the team keeps their grades up, much to the dismay of the general public and school officials.Kenyon has trouble with his grades and Sam is in hot water with his girlfriend (who just got pregnant by him). Despite their new-found excellence on the basketball court, Coach Carter’s team still has trouble maintaining the 2.3 G. The film is rated PG-13, but it is a little too risqué for the high school crowd. While cheerleaders for other high schools wear modest uniforms, the cheerleaders for Richmond High School look like street walkers, wearing spandex mid-driffs, short skirts, and leather knee-high boots.“Inspired by true-life story of controversial high-school basketball coach Ken Carter, who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news in 1999 for benching his entire undefeated basketball team for poor academic performance.” Review here are always movies that truly inspire us and touch the depths of our hearts, especially if they’re based on true stories.The typical underdog-sports-team stories are usually the ones that make us think about life’s challenges and what we can do to overcome them. The film takes place in an inner-city neighborhood in California , inhabited primarily by African-Americans.The high school basketball team of Richmond High School has won only four games the past season due to discipline issues and the troubled lives of the players.Richmond’s graduation record is only 50% and out of that 50%, only 6% go to college.