White Men Can't Jump Reviews
"White Men Can't Jump" does have a few funny parts to it, but it doesn't have as much comedy as you might think. Snipes and Harrelson both discover the highs and lows of being basketball hustlers while they show their skills on the basketball courts and in life. The basketball sequences of the movie are somewhat exciting, but they're not the best parts of the movie. However, the movie did keep me interested the whole time I was watching it. If you like basketball movies or if you just want to see an alright movie, I would recommend watching "White Men Can't Jump." You'll find out one thing from watching it at least, some white men can jump. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Surprised I didn't like this one more, as much as I love basketball, and I like the actors in the movie, but not one of their shining moments to me.
Wesley is Sidney, the best player on the Court, hustling any player stupid enough to take him on, until he gets owned by Blly, a former College playerat his own game. Realising the talent and potential of the hustle, oth team up to take on the Courts around L.A., Billy to pay off his gambling debts and Sidney trying to move his family out of the ghetto.
So they become the most dsyfunctional partnership the game has ever seen... in the midst of hustling, wisecracking and dodging gangsters and debts, they form a unlikley friendship through the love of basketball and their respect for each others skills.
Funny, super fast and never slowing down, its a classic. Once you wach it, you would realise many future comedies take some of the elements from this interracial comedy into their own, so it did set a lot of standards for movies to come.
And the two leads are excellent, its really them on the court with all the skills and flash of semi-pro b-ballers.
Snipes and Harrelson make a great comedy partnership and this movie of basketball, hustling, friendship and love never tires.
A little dated in looks now perhaps, but certainly one of my favourite films of that time.