Pride. Gracie. Glory Road. Each and every one a decent example of how the good intentions of most sports dramas wear down on me as I’m watching them before they’re barely given a second thought by the general public. Every time I sit down for a sports drama, it’s another Inspiring Story filled with Impossible Odds, and while I appreciate that individuals out in the real world did have to take it upon themselves to change the rules of whichever game they played at the time, I struggle to find it dramatically compelling anymore.
Enter Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, who’s just signed up to play Cassandra Turner — a fictional variation of Catana Starks, who became the first female coach of a men’s golf team in NCAA Division I (no, really) — in the indie From the Rough. She’s a black woman, so not only will her working with men probably factor in as a primary source of drama, but her race might make her inevitable slow-motion triumph all the more righteous.
But hey, they haven’t even started shooting yet, so maybe I should just ease off. Besides, nobody’s looking to break the mold here. This stuff’s like comfort food to a certain audience, a crowd that wants to be constantly reminded that Good Guys win, Bad Guys lose, and it’s already significant simply because it’s a True Story.
(Not significant enough for a documentary, though, because that would be Boring.)