Racing for Time

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  • TV-14
  • 2008
  • 6.0  (256)

Racing for Time is a 2008 drama film directed by Charles S. Dutton, starring Yaya DaCosta, Zulay Henao, and Dutton himself. The movie is based on a true story of a troubled African American girl from a rough neighborhood, who gets involved with a track coach and turns her life around. The story follows 16-year-old Nikki (DaCosta), who lives in a housing project with her mother and siblings. Nikki’s life is difficult, as she sees her friends getting into gangs and trouble, while feeling ignored and misunderstood by her mother. Nikki's school principal convinces her to join the school track team, where she meets a tough but caring coach, Coleman (Dutton). He becomes a father figure for her, providing discipline and encouragement, and helping her discover her passion for running.

As Nikki trains with Coleman, she builds a sense of self-confidence and learns valuable life lessons about perseverance, hard work, and determination. She also faces obstacles from the other girls on the team, who are jealous of her natural talent and her bond with the coach. Nikki must learn to navigate this difficult dynamic while remaining focused on her goals of competing in the state championships and leaving her troubled past behind.

Along the way, Nikki confronts other challenges, including a strained relationship with her mother, an unexpected pregnancy, and the temptation of her troubled friends. Despite these obstacles, she remains committed to her running and her personal growth. Nikki's journey culminates in a dramatic and emotional race at the state championships, where she must summon all of her strength and training to compete against her toughest opponent yet.

Racing for Time is a powerful and inspiring story of redemption and empowerment. The film explores important themes such as race, class, family, and the transformative power of sports. The performances by DaCosta, Henao, and Dutton are excellent, delivering nuanced and heartfelt portrayals of complex characters. The movie also features a strong supporting cast, including Elizabeth Peña as Nikki's mother and Saige Ryan Campbell as her best friend.

Overall, Racing for Time is a compelling and thought-provoking film that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. Its themes and messages are timeless and resonate with viewers of all ages and backgrounds. The movie is a testament to the human spirit and the power of perseverance and hope.

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