“Football doesn’t build character,” reckons volunteer coach Bill Courtney. “It reveals character.”
It’s this father of four’s task to turn around a perennially under-performing high-school team in an impoverished district of North Memphis.
It’s no wonder Undefeated walked off with this year’s Best Documentary Oscar, given it follows over a sporting season a group of talented yet troubled black teens inspired by their dedicated white coach.
Familiar territory, especially if you’ve seen Hoop Dreams and Friday Night Lights, but the intimate style offers its own rewards.