Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
an eBook, this is the controversial story of John Wooden's first 25
years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach.
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration
for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game
winning streak in 1974."
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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the players telling their stories in their own words. This is the book
that UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan tried to ban.
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Couples Retreat (1/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 113 minutes.
Not for children.
Dave (Vince Vaughn) and Ronnie (Malin Akerman)
are the social epicenter of their group of friends. Over the years,
they’ve built a full life through commitment to their kids, friends and
After eight seemingly blissful years together,
Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) are at a crossroads.
The once-happy pair
shocks their close friends—Dave & Ronnie, Joey (Jon Favreau) &
Lucy (Kristin Davis) and Shane (Faison Love) & his new girlfriend Trudy
(newcomer Kali Hawk)—when they announce that they are considering a
Jason and Cynthia have discovered Eden Resort,
a tropical island paradise in the South Pacific (actually shot in Bora
Bora, using the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort) specializing in extensive
couples therapy. But the only way they can afford to go is through the
Package,” Eden Resort’s group rate. While they get the
counseling they need, their friends can bask on the white, sandy
beaches, relax in the spas, ride jet skis and just enjoy themselves.
As tempting as it sounds (and as much as
everyone wants to help Jason and Cynthia), there’s just no way they can
all get away…until Dave & Ronnie agree to go. Now the four couples are
way to paradise.
But there’s one small catch…The group
discovers that ALL
of the couples must partake in the unorthodox counseling techniques of
Eden Resort’s renowned “Couples Whisperer”— Monsieur Marcel
(Jean Reno). It’s all or none.
And if it’s none, they
will all be sent home. The couples soon find out that not everything is
as it seems, especially in their own relationships. Directed by longtime producer Peter Billingsley and written by
Favreau, Vaughn and Dana Fox, I thought the first 25 minutes, when all this is set up was
dispiriting, but when they finally arrive at Eden, what follows is
Trudy and Shane are both black and they are
stereotyped in such a way that it would embarrass Stepinfetchit. It’s
hard to believe that that are walking caricatures of their race on its
audience. Just as one example, Trudy starts virtually every sentence
with “Yo.” And she butchers grammar, talking like a streetwise ho.
But that’s just the
tip of the iceberg. The other protagonists are equally inane, and I
don’t think that’s the way they were intended to be viewed by the
filmmakers. If these people are meant to be representative of today’s
30-somethings, our society is in big trouble. There is one outstanding
performance that almost saves this, by Peter Serafoniwicz as Sctanley (“Stanley with a C”). If everyone
had been as humorous as Serafoniwicz, this would have been a winner.
Unfortunately, Sctanley appears when they arrive at the resort to
introduce the characters them to Eden
and then disappears. All the charm that might have been possible
disappears with him.