I disgagree. I think the film tells an I terestinf story but all that stuff about students winning, being proud of themselves, and allegedly bad teacher bashing movies is not a good thing.
Some of the kids of the 318 team were shown talking with parents and to cameras describing their ambitions. It showed that at least those students, particularly Nobo and Alexis were either selfish and/or dishonest. Selfish because one of them wants to be the school president because, as he described, he'll be a lawyer, attorney general, senator, and president and on his way he also want to play football to get 50 million dollars. That is purely selfish reasons to run for school president and then just tell everyone the repetitive and impersonal "vote for me, vote for me, vote for me." He says some bs about how his goal is to reverse school budget cuts. I don't think he is stupid enough to believe he has no way at all to do it, so he is just lying to everyone.
The other one, Alexis, is also shown onl caring about material gain. He wants to win the tournament, get into the best school, get a some scholarship, go to best college for what? In his own words "to get a job and to make a lot of money".
It is ironic that given these two kids motivations that the film and the OP of the thread manage to make jabs at "corrupt businessmen" and "corrupt banks". What an irony.