Above the Rim (1994)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
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A young aspiring professional basketball player must make some tough decisions in this sports melodrama. Kyle Lee is a talented basketball player in high school. While he waits to find out if he will receive a scholarship to Georgetown he finds himself in a difficult dilemma over a playground basketball tournament. He must decide whether to follow his good-hearted coach or Birdie, the local gangster. Kyle is also feeling resentment for the security guard his mother is falling for. The coach also
Mar 23, 1994 Wide
Jun 1, 2004
New Line Home Entertainment
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A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws.
A formula script, but a mobile camera, pulsing rap soundtrack and a game cast whip up the necessary fizz.
Above the Rim has its formulaic elements, but it has been vigorously directed by Jeff Pollack, who appreciates the lively and unpretentious aspects of the story.
It's Shakur who steals the show. The rapper's offscreen legal problems are well known, but there's no denying his power as an actor.
A stultifying cliche of a movie -- even by sports-flick standards -- this basketball allegory doesn't get anywhere near the rim.
The movie lives easily on the streets where it is shot, and the performances -- especially by Martin, Shakur and Pinkins -- are convincing.
A superficial and predictable sports drama with an inner-city background, Above the Rim nevertheless offers engaging characters, fast-paced direction, and strong performances.
A highly memorable movie
When you play with something this formulaic, you're bound to trip upon a theme that has been endlessly explored and agonizingly overdone.
A very familiar dish, but prepared reasonably well.
The whole thing is mired in a slow-footed sea of pedantic blather. Heavy-handed explanations are given left and right, and you wish they'd all just shut up and play the game.
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