I Watched… (#49)

30 Apr

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White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

Sidney (Wesley Snipes) and Billy (Woody Harrelson), two hustlers who join together on the streets of LA to play some hoops and win some money, which they both desperately need.

The premise is good for this cult 90s basketball film yet it never really gets high enough off the ground for a slam-dunk. The frantic basketball scenes are great fun to watch, from the undoubted skill being shown on the street courts to the witty insults traded around during the games. Everything else though is a bit of drag, especially as the the runtime is too long for its own good. The sub-plots explaining why they need the money in the first place seem forced and distracting, and the abrupt ending leaves a lot to be desired.

No 3-pointer, but when the basketball is in play, it is a lot of fun to watch. Just a shame about the, unfortunately substantial, off-court drama.

6/10

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