Blue Chips (1994)
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Blue Chips examines greed, cheating, and "winning at all costs" in the world of college basketball. Nick Nolte plays the stressed-out coach on the verge of his first losing season, who hits the road in search of new players not already signed by a bigger school. He finds three prospects: a precision Chicago shooter (Anfernee Hardaway), a giant farmboy (Matt Nover), and a talented troublemaker (Shaquille O'Neal). All three, wise to the ways of college basketball recruitment, make excessive
Feb 18, 1994 Wide
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A deafness-inducing but otherwise ho-hum would-be expose of shady recruiting practices by college basketball programs.
Not even an unsentimental basketball fan like director William Friedkin can wash away all the corn syrup.
This hard-hitting college basketball drama marks a notable return to form for William Friedkin.
If Mr. Friedkin didn't have to work so strenuously framing two-shots of Mr. Nolte with this seven-foot athlete, it might be hard to remember that Mr. O'Neal has a day job.
The filmmakers don't get the ball into the Shaq-man's hands enough -- both literally and figuratively -- to make this personable giant's screen debut memorable.
If it wasn't for some exciting roundball action, Shaquille O'Neal's hulking-dunking presence and a wonderfully guttural performance from coach Nick Nolte, you'd slither off the bench asleep.
Watching various hoop stars and legends trying to act is cringeworthy, O'Neal particularly bad, but Friedkin's movie, written by sports film specialist Shelton has a lot of passion.
A good concept fails to become a good movie in this predictable tale of corruption in college basketball.
Worth seeing for Nolte's force-of-nature performance and the novelty of Shaq "emoting."
The on-court action is fairly bland, and photographed from all the wrong angles.
Much of the movie's problem, I suspect, comes from the vast use of non-professionals in dramatic roles, whose charismatic abilities should be restricted to the basketball court and not the dramatic arena.
It is a very homogenized movie that never offends, yet never seems to be for real either.
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