“Champions” is a feel-good comedy directed by Bobby Farrelly and starring Woody Harrelson (“True Detective”). Harrelson plays Marcus, a hot-headed assistant basketball coach. After getting into trouble with the police, following an argument with the head basketball coach played by Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”), Marcus is forced to coach a team of intellectually disabled young people as part of his community service.
Admittedly, Marcus’ relationship with the team starts out a little rough. However, by the end of his 90 days, his feelings towards the group, otherwise known as “The Friends,” have changed for the better.
Woody Harrelson stars in the hilarious and heartwarming story of a former minor-league basketball coach who, after a series of missteps, is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon realizes that despite his doubts, together, this team can go further than they ever imagined.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to screen “Champions” and found it to be very entertaining. Kaitlin Olson (“Hacks”) is terrific as Marcus’ girlfriend and the actors who play “The Friends” steal the scenes with their one-liners, especially Madison Tevlin. By the end of the movie, you’ll be rooting for not only the basketball team, but Marcus too.
In my opinion, this is Harrelson’s best leading role since “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. It’s also a bit of a full-circle moment for him, having starred in “White Men Can’t Jump” many years ago and now playing a basketball coach.
But don’t just take my word for it, I encourage you to watch the movie, which is out now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD.
The Digital, Blu-ray and DVD formats include the following “Collector’s Edition” features:
- 12 Deleted Scenes
- Keeping it Friendly: Director Bobby Farrelly, Woody Harrelson, and the rest of the cast share how they became involved in CHAMPIONS, as well as the importance of representation in the film.
- Woody and the Team: Every team needs a good leader – here we explore how Woody Harrelson filled that role on and off-screen.
- Casting the Friends
- Feature Commentary with director Bobby Farrelly
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