Inspired by a true story, and set in 1973, Terrence Howard stars as a college graduate who's trying to find a good job but runs into racism at every turn. Eventually he has to settle and accepts the menial task of closing up a run-down community recreation center in urban Philadelphia. However, he also realizes that he has the power to provide a haven for young people who want to participate in a competitive swim team by keeping the center open. Also with Bernie Mac, Kevin Phillips, Evan Ross and Nate Parker. Directed by Sunu Gonera. [1:48]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man caresses a woman's shoulder and they hold hands.
► A man and a woman flirt, he asks her for a date, and she accepts. Several young men flirt with several young women. Several young men ogle a young woman in a swimsuit.
► Several young men talk about the possibility of meeting girls at a swim meet and one says, "There's more to life than sex." A young man says, "We could be splish-splashing with some girls." A young man says he wouldn't be able to fit a part of his anatomy in swim trunks. A man says he swims in the nude.
► Several young women wear short skirts and tops that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare legs and bare shoulders, a young woman wears a swimsuit in several scenes, and a woman wears a short skirt that reveals bare legs in several scenes. Several young men play basketball bare-chested in several scenes, a young man swims out of his shorts (we see him wearing jockey shorts), and young men wear swim trunks in several scenes.
► Several young men tease a man about his swim trunks, calling them "blue panties."
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man shoves a man who can't swim off a diving board and into a pool, he punches and kicks two other men until they are thrashing on the ground, then jumps into the pool, pulls the man he threw in under the water, and punches him repeatedly, before he is stopped by a young man.
► A young man punches several police officers, they scuffle, push him to the ground and one holds him down by putting his boot on his head.
► A man pulls two young men out of a car and yells at another man, and the two men threaten each other with violence. Young men shove and lunge at each other while yelling. A young man is kicked in the face by another young man while swimming.
► A young man hits his head hard on the side of a pool. A young man throws a chair in anger.
► A police officer with a nightstick threatens a young man, and uses insulting terms to tell him to leave a swim meet. Racist people are rude and insulting in several scenes, and people jeer and complain about an African-American young man taking part in a swim meet. A woman yells at a man. A man talks about a young man "taking bullets like a man."
► A man urinates in a pool (we see the stream).
PROFANITY 4 - 1 obscene hand gesture, 2 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 20 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (puddin' head, captain panties). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol in several scenes.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, opportunity, team, family, overcoming bigotry, pride, determination, success, victory, losing, resilience, respect, success, giving up, chasing dreams, potential, competition, community, setting examples, sexism.
MESSAGE - Life is what you make it so never give up. Racism is evil.