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Cast: Hugh Dancy, Liane Balaban, Mamie Gummer, David Zayas, Gillian Jacobs, Laura Heisler, Michael Chernus, Benjamin Walker, Patch Darragh, Bill Camp
Newly single and without any friends to hang with, trust fund-supported slacker Nick begins coaching a youth soccer team. As he forges meaningful relationships with his star player and a new girlfriend, Nick finally starts learning how to grow up.
Coach is a Indie Comedy/romance that doesn't offer anything new as far as the genre goes but it does succeed in providing enough romance and laughs to make it very enjoyable. For starters I am a fan of Hugh Dancy, if you don't know him by name he starred in "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and the more recent "Adam". Hugh has proven he can play various roles very well and he has a certain charm about him that makes him a very likable actor.
Dancy stars as Nick a man living off a trust-fund who is pretty good at just slacking off. When his girlfriend dumps him he decides to do something other than just hanging around with his friends so he takes a job at coaching a school soccer team, when one boy hurts his arm it is up to Nick to take the boy to the doctors and it is there he meets a beautiful doctor and who changes his whole way of thinking.
I was taken in by the film's charm regardless of it's not so original story, I didn't seem to mind the story at all because the humor was fun and I even liked the romance side of the story as well. This is Will Frears first attempt at writing and only his second time directing so I got to say I thought he did a fine job at keeping the story moving at a nice pace as well as keeping it light and entertaining and not dragging it down with too much drama. Coach is a sweet film that that never gets too serious and in the end it is a feel-good movie that left a smile on my face. I loved the cast, Dancy is terrific as always and the even the kids in the film did a great job playing their roles. The film isn't going to change your life but if you like the genre I would say it is about as good as any other big budget romance that has come out in recent memory. I look forward to seeing more work from Director, Will Frears and the talented cast as well. Coach makes for a good time and it doesn't once offend which is something that is rare nowadays. I knew I was going to enjoy this film going by the cast alone but I was taken in by it's charm and was left feeling really good.
Released by Lions Gate
*** 1/2 Out Of *****