White Men Can't Jump (1992)

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Critic Consensus: White Men Can't Jump provides a fresh take on the sports comedy genre, with a clever script and a charismatic trio of leads.


Movie Info

Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) wrote and directed the basketball-oriented seriocomedy White Men Can't Jump. Woody Harrelson plays Billy Hoyle, a white con artist who hustles basketball games with black players, lulling his victims into the misguided notion that white men can't match up with black hoopsters. One of his victims, African-American Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), becomes Hoyle's "agent," arranging his various inner city scams. Deane doesn't feel as though he's selling out his own people; he … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Shelton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 14, 2001
Runtime:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast


as Sidney Deane

as Billy Hoyle

as Gloria Clemente

as Rhonda Deane

as Robert

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as "Jeopardy!" Announce...

as Willie Lewis

as Tony Stucci

as Frank Stucci

as The Venice Beach Boy...

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as Duck Johnson

as Eddie `The King' Far...

as Himself

as Etiwanda

as Real Estate Agent

as The Bank

as Tournament Announcer

as Tournament Referee

as Big Guy's Girlfriend

as Little Guy's Girlfri...

as Sponsor

as Pickup Truck Driver

as Oki-Dog Businessman

as Yolanda

as `JEOPARDY!' Announce...

as Doctor Leonard Allen

as Rocket Scientist

as Dressing Room Staffe...

as NBA Announcer

as NBA Announcer

as Ballplayer

as Ballplayer

as Ballplayer

as Ballplayer

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Critic Reviews for White Men Can't Jump

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (14)

A fresh and exuberant romantic comedy that is as smart about playground basketball as Bull Durham was about minor league baseball.

Full Review… | April 2, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

They're black and white instead of fat and thin, but Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson have the makings of a classic comedy team, the Laurel and Hardy of the half-court game.

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Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Harrelson's performance is rich, subtle, and delicately funny. And Snipes is just amazing: everything he does seems to leap off the screen.

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New Yorker
Top Critic

White Man Can't Jump is most effective at the beginning -- when it's bouncing along with the exuberance that Shelton brought to such other sports-minded movies as Bull Durham and The Best of Times.

Full Review… | April 2, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Despite charismatic performances by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as nothing-but- net shooters who might be called the Schmo and the Bro, White Men Can't Jump throws up mostly bricks.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It's a funny, frequently rousing film, with a warmly appealing acting partnership at its center-between basketball hustlers Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

Full Review… | April 2, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for White Men Can't Jump

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½

An entertaining, if repetitive and pretty predictable, story concerning a talented white basketball player (Woody Harrelson) who creatively exploits the stereotype that white men being not as good as black men at basketball in the form of hustling streetballers. After he catches the eye of a talented black baller (Wesley Snipes), the two form a partnership and attempt to hustle as much as they can together. As said, it's definitely flawed, but you can't deny how much fun it is for a large chunk of the duration. It does not give us a storybook ending by any means either, which is a nice surprise, and the characters are detailed just enough for you to care about them and root for them. Harrelson is solid and Snipes is utterly fantastic and never been better.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Witty and filled with surprises and laughter. Snipes and Harrelson make a great two-man power-trip on the blacktop. With a smart story, but simplified plot, the film scores. Although not a slam-dunk, still enough to get the win. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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