The Winning Season

Synopsis: Only connect. In a Hoosier town, boys' basketball is king. Bill is a former athlete and high-school coach who drinks too much, rarely sees his daughter from an old marriage, and busses tables at a local cafe. A friend who's now a principal offers him a job coaching girls; Bill takes it without much spirit. Six come to practice; one has a broken foot. They're awful in their first game, and Bill has to figure out, with help from Donna, the school's burly bus driver, if he actually can coach girls. They respond, and Bill suddenly has a family of sorts, just as his own relationship with his daughter worsens. With a winning season in reach, will Bill blow this chance?
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Director(s): Jim Strouse
Production: Roadside Attractions
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Hey, Rhonda, please don't go anywhere.

l want to talk to you.

Diego, l see you eating the chicken fingers.

l know!


Hey, Bill. Come on, it's lunch. Get moving.

l've got tables that need clearing.

Thank you.






You work here, huh?

No, l'm just...

You're just bussing a table

in your free time?

What do you want?

Can we talk for a second?

-Wow. So, how you been?


-Cheese stick?


Can l ask you a... Kind of a sensitive...

Are you drinking?

-Hey, come on, man. What is this?

-l don't know if you've heard this,

but l'm kind of the principal

over at Plainview now, so...

Wow. Congratulations.

That sounds really boring.

Okay, before l change my mind,

do you want to coach basketball for us?

Wow. Yeah. That's...


-l can't believe Buller would leave his team.

He's built such a good program

with those boys.

No, no, no.

l want you to coach girls' varsity.

No, hey, hey, hey.

Wait, wait, we got a great team.

You gotta see them, okay?

They're fantastic.

My daughter's on the team. Tamra.

She's huge. Big as an ox.

-She has huge hands, like her mom.

-l don't know, Terry. That's...

All right, look, you know how many hoops

l had to jump through

just to be able to offer you this job?

All of them.

l had to jump through all of them.

l appreciate that, Terry,

but l can't coach girls.

Women hate me, you know that.

Yeah. Okay, well,

then just stay here and wash dishes

and eat other people's food,

and, you know, enjoy that.

lt's not so bad, you know.

Not a lot of responsibility.

You're right. There's no responsibility.

-Spreading the love around.

-Can you hold that for two seconds?

-l quit.


-You want to go out with me?

-l'm married.

All right, forget it.

l'm taking Bobby with me.

Who's Bobby?

Excuse me. Sorry. l'm really sorry.

Come on, Bobby, let's go.

We're gonna get you out of here.

Have a good meal.

-You hear they finally hired a new coach?


-Guess who it is.

-Phil Jackson.

-Bill Greaves.

-Who's that?

Remember that guy who used

to coach boys' varsity over in Culver?


Remember? His entire team quit

right in the middle of sectional finals?

So why'd they hire him?

-He's probably the only guy they could get.

-We should just quit right now.

-Shut up, Mindy. You can't even play.

-You shut up. Neither can you.

l hear he has problems.

His team made it to the sectional finals,

okay? He must be good.


-You can go now.

Lisa, are you kidding?

What is your damage?

Nothing. l just don't see why

they all have to keep moving here.

-You do realize you're black, right?


Well, our dad says that if we didn't

have illegal's to work the factories,

the country's entire infrastructure

would collapse.

-Your dad sounds like a pussy.

-He is.

Hasn't our infrastructure already collapsed?


-Who are you talking to?

-Who is she talking to?

-No, l'm just at school.

l don't know, some guy she met

at Shoes Etc. Last weekend.

-What guy?

-He has a mustache.

Gross! Why does she always go after guys

with facial hair?

-l know, right? It's so disgusting.

-lt's like kissing your dad.

Okay, you just take it to a whole other level.

-That is really unnecessary.

-Shut up.

Ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to the 1989 Class Triple-A

Indiana State Finals.

Starting for the Plainview Chargers,

number 21, Bill Greaves.

-ls this girls' varsity?


l'm Bill Greaves. l'm your new coach.

Where's the JV squad?

We don't have a JV squad.

-This is it?


Did Terry put you guys up to this?

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Jim Strouse

James C. Strouse is an American screenwriter and film director. He wrote the film Lonesome Jim, directed by Steve Buscemi. He wrote and made his directorial debut with Grace Is Gone starring John Cusack. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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