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The Air Up There

The Air Up There (1993)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 7

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It's off to Africa for a former B-ball player who'd like to find a top-notch basketball recruit to help him become a successful coach. Kevin Bacon has the lead in this Paul Glaser-directed film. ~ Rovi


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Nov 11, 2003

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Working a bit too hard to send the crowd into a frenzy, the action in this basketball-oriented yarn isn't exactly fantastic, but it is mildly entertaining.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Give or take the odd spot of predictable arrogance, however, it's a good-humoured, good-hearted film.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Children may find this funny, but the film isn't geared to very young audiences. It includes much more violence and profanity than its PG rating indicates.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Like the multitude of Disney visitors to Africa before (and after) him, he must learn to respect the noble savages he wishes to exploit. Saleh and his Winabis are not for sale -- at least, not immediately.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Neither Max Apple's script nor Paul M. Glaser's direction succeeds in convincing you that these characters live, or that this story has anything to do with any thing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A lightweight, brainless family movie chronicling the triumph of the underdog.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Offensive, shop-worn comedy.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

However average it is, it still passes an hour and a half.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's pure formula from start to finish.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Wonderful sports comedy full of inspiring moments and exciting basketball action.

July 14, 2003

Not nearly as bad as you think.

May 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Entirely predictable basketball comedy. Bacon gives better than the flick really deserves.

July 26, 2002

If you've never seen a movie, you may be surprised as the story goes into two specific directions, the big basketball game finale and the change in Bacon's attitude as he learns there are things more important in life than his own success.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This wild jumper misses the hoop.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Air Up There

this was a really fun movie. there were cheesy parts that would never fly in movies now, but it was heart warming and entertaining. i like this flick.
January 15, 2011
danny d

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Not bad, but very forgettable.
October 19, 2009
Dan Schultz

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Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon), a basketball coach, isn't having that great of a start with finding skillful new players to be on his soon-to-be team at St. Joe's college. However, after seeing a video of an African basketball player who really has some hang time, Jimmy decides that he's getting up and taking a trip to Africa, in order to try and recruit this phenomenon.
But little does Jimmy know that the basketball player he sees in the film is next in line to become head of his tribe. Therefore, it probably won't be all that easy to get this overly skilled basketball player to go to America and play at St. Joe's.

"The Air Up There" is a good movie. Like it says on the box, it is "lots of fun." Kevin Bacon does a good job, and the movie never ceases to be entertaining. But, unfortunately for major basketball fans like me, there's just not quite enough basketball action included in the film. It's more of Kevin Bacon trying to fit into a new culture in order to impress his recruit, than it is about playing basketball.

But other than that, "The Air Up There" really is a good movie. If you like basketball films or just good movies, I recommend getting it. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. This movie was ok, not anything special though.
September 14, 2009

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