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Audio-Free Trailer: THE WINNING SEASON

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
August 26th, 2010

Sports films. Eh. Wait. Sports films, starring Sam Rockwell. Yeeeah! As I've long told anyone who will even remotely listen, I'd watch Sam Rockwell shill peanut butter, and would still find whatever performance he turned in to be both hilarious and heartfelt. I am a fan, in short. A BIG FAN!! Sorry. I will return to my carefully guarded critical ground. YEAH, ROCKWELL! ROCK! WELL! Again - apologies.

Today brings us the trailer for the next notch in the belt of Rockwellian cinema - THE WINNING SEASON. All I know about the film is that it stars Rockwell as an unlikely and resistant coach for a girls' high school basketball team. It also stars our new GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Rooney Mara, as one of his players. Hilarious and heartfelt? I feel it coming, yes, I do. I feel it, how about you? After the break, I've embedded a version of the trailer for our play-along-at-home fun, but be sure to head over to Apple to see it in its full glory. Let's see what else we can deduce from the trailer, sound-free!


I don’t know much about sports, but I can already see that this team is not top-notch. Injuries within moments! Balls stolen right out from under noses! Fans shaking heads!

The Plainview Chargers need a man. “The right man.” ROB CORDDRY! Nope. Not Rob. Rockwell, who appears to be killing some time as a soda jerk. Good to know that some careers did not die out with the closing of the nineteen-fifties. Also, kickass mustache. Whatever gig Corddry is trying to set Rockwell up for is not flying. The man has fries to eat and creams to – uh, ice. Wait! He took the bait! He took it! Why is he dressed like a Boca Raton grandfather?

The Chargers are still losers. These ladies can’t even dribble. Is one of them on crutches? Good Christ, what an underdog story. Mara sighting! Rockwell has turned to polo shirts! I have a feeling things are about to shape up in a big way. Nope. That girl with the crutches just went down. Rockwell is amused. This is coaching, people, this is the way to do it.

OH, MY GOD! OMG! SOMEONE GOT A GOAL! Wait, a basket? A dunk? What sport is this, again? SOMEONE JUST GOT PUNCHED IN THE FACE! Is that Rockwell dancing? Sold. Sold. I am sold.

Emma Roberts is in this, too. Good to know?

Rockwell is really bringing home his coach-iness by purchasing beer for his Chargers. Influence. Live above it. Exciting “getting it together” sequence, Rockwell giving a speech that looks inspiring but I am sure is off-the-rails nutty, excitement in the locker room, etc. etc. So far, Crutches Girl is my second favorite character. What a talent! Crying, male nudity, face paint, cheering – this is my kind of sports flick. Did I mention Sam Rockwell is in it?

THE WINNING SEASON hits theaters on September 3.

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