Theatrical Release: March 23, 2007
DVD Release: June 26, 2007


The year is 1973, and Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard), a college-educated African-American, can’t find a job. Driven by his love of competitive swimming, Jim refurbishes an abandoned recreational pool in a down-at-its-heels Philadelphia neighborhood with the help of its custodian Elston (Bernie Mac). But when the pool is marked for demolition, Jim fights back — by starting the city’s first African-American swim team. Recruiting teens from the streets, Jim struggles to transform a motley team of novices into capable swimmers — all in time for the upcoming state championships. But as racism, violence and an unsympathetic city official threaten to tear the team apart, Jim must do everything he can to convince his swimmers that victory, both in and out of the pool, is within their reach.

Dove Review

Recently, there has been a strong trend appearing in your local cineplex–films that actually inspire audience members to look at their surroundings and take a small step toward improving their condition. These stories are typically about average people who motivate others by a simple desire to live in a better world. The life lessons that they have learned about respect, discipline and dedication to something they believe in draws others out of their comfort zones and unites the common man to do the right thing – just because it’s right. “Pride” doesn’t disappoint in this endeavor. Struggling against all odds, the kids in this film band together and support each other and learn Pride, Determination, and Respect.

While the film’s creators took great care to avoid many objectionable words and phrases in a desire to make this film as family friendly as possible, we do have to strongly caution parents that the situations faced and language used is sometimes raw and uncomfortable. However, we feel that the events portrayed and profanities spoken were not gratuitous. Rather, they clearly show the stark reality of the racism and attitudes of both sides during a troubling time of growth in our country’s recent past.

Content Description

Sex: Boys flirt a little in one scene with girls - very tame. Girls appear to be prostitutes in one scene but no impropriety takes place.
Language: A-12; H-9; D-7; S-5; SOB-1; Middle finger once; N-4 but never condoned or accepted as appropriate.
Violence: Boy kicks boy in pool; man fights with local thugs when he catches them in the process of vandalizing the rec. center but admits his inappropriate behavior and demonstrates extreme remorse for his actions in a very inspiring way.
Drugs: Smoking, drinking, implied drug sales by local bad guy only.
Nudity: Shirtless boys play basketball, swim teams in customary swim wear.
Other: Racism is demonstrated often and many characters are portrayed as bigoted but these traits are displayed relatively equally by both sides and are fairly indicative of the times.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Kevin Michael Smith and Michael Gozzard
Director: Sunu Gonera
Producer: Brett Forbes
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 104 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise, Tom Arnold
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe