Cert 15 Stars 3

Ben Affleck stars in this redemptive sports drama as an alcoholic construction worker called Jack who’s persuaded by his former high school to coach its basketball team.

I’m a big fan of the former Batman who’s famously had his own struggles with the bottle, and though it’s unwise to read too much biography into the film, there’s an emotional honesty and intensity to his performance which elevates this otherwise straightforward affair.

Melvin Gregg and Brandon Wilson are great as key players on the team, and there’s strong support from Michaela Watkins who struggles to keep Jack on the wagon.