New story, same formula for nonetheless inspiring “Pride”
What saves “Pride” from drowning in a pool of its own clich?s is the strong presence of Terrence Howard (“Crash”), starring as real life swimming coach Jim Ellis who develops a team of black non-swimmers in a rundown ghetto of 1974 Philadelphia, inspiring them to become champions. Primarily for those who despite the formulaic familiarity can’t get enough of sports feel-good films. And for once, a glorious Motown soundtrack sounds righteously appropriate.
Rated PG for mild profanity and racism.