Plot: What’s it about?
When the boy’s basketball team at Ranger High School gets their new head coach, they discover the new leader isn’t at all what they expected. You see, their new coach is a woman, Randy Rawlings (Cathy Lee Crosby), which doesn’t sit that well with several people. Even though Randy is a former Olympic medalist and accomplished athlete, it seems like her female status is enough to make her a bad choice in most eyes. In addition to her athletic prowess, Randy is also blonde, bouncy, and beautiful, and her looks also seem to be more of a hindrance in this case. The principal of the school, Fenton Granger (Keenan Wynn) wants her out of the position more than anyone, and he just might have the right plan to do it. Thanks to discrimination laws, Granger can’t fire her just because he goofed and hired a woman, so he says unless her team has a perfect season, she’s fired. And since the team is not very good and not showing signs of improvement, this could be the end of her coaching days. But with a little luck, some hard work, and maybe some romance, Randy just might keep her job after all.
This is the type of movie which defies reason. I mean if you view the film to gather cinematic genius, you won’t even find a small strand, and time has not been kind to the film, which means it now seems very dated. So why then would someone want to watch this movie? Well, unlike many other reviewers out there, sometimes I like to kick back and have fun with a movie. No matter how bad the dialogue, how wooden the acting, sometimes movies are just so damn entertaining, nothing else matters. For me, Coach is a movie I can watch and have a good laugh as well as just enjoy myself. The dated politics and references in the movie don’t bother me, I think they add charm to the film. I’ll freely admit that the dialogue is awful, the acting is poor, and the social value is null and void. But you know, that doesn’t bother me with a film like this, because it entertains me, which is all I need sometimes. If you like cinema such as this, or perhaps need a nostalgic kick in the pants, by all means look this release up. While the disc is of average quality, so long as I can hear it and see it, I’ll have this movie in my collection.
This film was directed by Bud Townsend, who has a very eclectic mixture of films on his resume. From a pornographic musical based on Alice In Wonderland to the horror gem Nightmare In Wax, this guy has a lock on strange, but entertaining titles. This may not be the stuff of Academy Awards, but it seems like the guy knows how to have a good time with his movies. The lead role in this movie is played by Cathy Lee Crosby, who looks the part for sure, even if her acting is not so great. Given the nature of this movie, I think Crosby (The Player, The Big Tease) does a fine turn here, and she’s bouncy when she needs to be, which is good. Other noteworthy performances come from Michael Biehn (The Abyss, Aliens) as the young stud point guard and Keenan Wynn (The Last Unicorn) as the stereotypical chauvinist male. Both roles are vital to the movie, and these guys do as good as they can with the material. The rest of the cast includes a gaggle of sexually oppressed teens, including one guy that is partially bald with an afro, that looks about forty years old.
Video: How does it look?
Coach is presented in a full frame transfer, and I am unsure of the original aspect ratio. There are no jarring or severe movements or obvious detail loss, so it doesn’t seem to be pan and scan, but as I said I not sure. This image looks better than the version they show on television, but is a far cry from what we expect from this format. The image is very soft and the source print seems to be laced with pops and hisses. The colors look bright, despite the softness, and flesh tones look natural, though I wish more of Crosby’s tones were shown. The contrast is decent given the image softness, and no detail seems to be lost. It ain’t always pretty, but it looks good enough to watch.
Audio: How does it sound?
This is not an audio driven movie, so the stereo track that’s included is more than enough. The elements manage to remain distinct and not drown each other out, which is about all I can ask for here. The dialogue sounds solid, with no volume troubles to speak about.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release includes some nifty animated talent files and a neat slideshow of stills from the film. I would have loved a commentary track for this one, I would have even recorded one if they would have asked me.