Coach Carter is a 2005 film, directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story, in which Richmond High School (Richmond, California, USA) head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
At the start of the movie, Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) takes a part-time, low-paid ($1500 for the whole basketball season) job coaching the basketball team at his old high school, an inner-city public school in Richmond, California. At first, the boys are unruly and disrespectful. They also lost 22 games and only had 4 wins in the previous season.
Coach Carter sets strict new rules for the team — they must maintain a 2.3 grade point average (C+), they must attend classes and sit in the front row, and they must wear jackets and ties on game days.