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Coalition, The (Blu-ray Review)

3 Feb, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 2/5/13
$26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for language and some sexual content.
Stars Adrienne Bailon, Denyce Lawton, Jackée Harry, Nadine Ellis, Shanti Lowry, J.R. Ramirez.

If TV shows such as “The Game” and “Basketball Wives” have told viewers anything about the perception of professional athletes’ personal lives, it’s that they can’t be faithful. The Coalition feeds into the same mindset, as a group of women set out to get revenge on four successful players who have done them wrong.

Star athlete Prime Alexander (Eddie Goines) has kicked his side chick, Autumn (Ingrid Clay), to the curb and has wasted no time wining and dining Skylar (Denyce Lawton), a sweet, wholesome woman new to the area. Skylar is by no means into the glitz and glamour; her main focus is taking care of her grandmother (Jackée Harry), which is why it’s all the more sad when she gets sucked into the ugly world of two-timing pro ballers and the women who fall for them.

Prime’s circle of friends all mess around with multiple women at the same time. At the rate they go through women, sleeping with each other’s leftovers is bound to happen — and the women aren’t all saints, either.

The only couple appearing to have a promising future is the beautiful Katalina (Adrienne Bailon) and the family oriented Lonzo (J.R. Ramirez), but even that relationship is soured.

Once Autumn shows Skylar who Prime really is (an engaged father), she and her girls devise an elaborate scheme meant to bring as much hurt to the guys as they’ve brought to them. But things don’t go as planned when more secrets come to light.

Being a typical tale of “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” The Coalition does little to draw empathy from viewers. (They knew what they were getting themselves into, right?) However, the film gains points for adding a few elements of surprise at the most crucial moments.

Also noteworthy is one of the names attached to the script — NFL all-pro linebacker Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens. His film hits disc just two days after his team won Super Bowl XLVII.

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