`Pride' is too overwrought

Everyone out of the pool until you get it right

Review C-

March 23, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Why can't "inspirational" sports movies have an iota or a nanosecond of genuine artistic inspiration? Pride tells the usual fact-inspired story of a coach who's had to come from behind in his own life, turning a gaggle of rough-edged inner-city athletes into an ace competitive corps.

This time the sport is swimming, the city is Philadelphia, and the hero is Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard), who founded the Philadelphia Department of Recreation swim team and made the initials PDR stand for "Pride, Determination, and Resilience."

Pride (Lionsgate) Starring Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise. Directed by Sunu Gonera. Rated PG. Time 104 minutes.

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