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White Men Can't Jump


Roger Davidson

White Men Can't Jump
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One of the most original sports films since The Longest Yard, this stars Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as two basketball hustlers. They team up together and form an uneasy alliance. Harrelson needs money to pay off his debts with some nasty folks, while Snipes needs the money to help get him, his wife (Tyra Ferrell) and child out of the ghetto apartment they've been living in. The problem is that Harrelson is a compulsive gambler, constantly losing the money he earns or wins during a game. That puts him in dutch constantly with his girlfriend Gloria (Rosie Perez), who's biggest dream is to appear as a contestant on Jeopardy.

Don't expect this to be an uplifting film, where the hero learns how to become a nice guy through good sportsmanship. This is hilariously, surprisingly and brutally honest about where gambling, bragging and hustling lead you. Also, despite what TV has taught you, some people aren't good sports about either losing or winning. The main reasons it works though are the fresh, hip script from writer-director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham), the perfect teaming of Snipes and Harrelson and the scene-stealing performance by Perez. You should most certainly give this a shot.

My Rating = Four Stars

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