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This formulaic sports drama was “inspired by a true story,” but not much. Set mostly in Philadelphia's decaying Nicetown neighborhood during the mid-70s, it stars Terrence Howard as a former college swim star who turns a half-dozen yahoos from a dilapidated rec center into the city's first African-American swimming champs. Howard is a commanding presence as usual, and glaring Bernie Mac acquits himself admirably in the die-cut role of the eccentric assistant coach. Canned racial uplift and tear-streaked faces abound, though they're offset somewhat by a nicely funky blaxploitation vibe (tunes by the O'Jays, the Isley Brothers, the Staple Singers, and Curtis Mayfield). Sunu Gonera directed; with Kimberly Elise and Tom Arnold. PG, 108 min.

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