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Glory Road Review


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In 1966, color-blind college basketball coach Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) led Texas Western's mixed-race team to the NCAA championship game where they faced Adolph Rupp's battle-tested Kentucky Wildcats. Haskins had rotated his handpicked squad of streetballers into and out of the active lineup all season, but consciously started five African American players in the finals as a statement that college basketball's racial balance - like that of our civil rights-minded country - was shifting.

It's a revolutionary story, though one told with overbearingly conventional techniques by Glory Road director James Gartner. The first-time filmmaker hardly deserves all the blame. His strings are being pulled by pandering producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who wouldn't know subtle if it sat on his shoulders.

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Relax... It's Just Sex Review


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If you're only going to see one West Hollywood gay ensemble dramedy in your life, it probably shouldn't be Relax... It's Just Sex. Of all the movies in this suprisingly crowded indie subgenre, the best pick is probably 2000's The Broken Hearts Club, which had a budget, some star power, and a few great laughs to help it along.

Relax... It's Just Sex, on the other hand, is a more humble affair that presents seven or eight obvious gay stereotypes--lipstick lesbians, drama queens, muscle boys--and then tries to subvert them one by one with a whole lot of turbulent plotting and endless talk, some of it bitchily amusing but most of it, well, just talk.

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