Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)

Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)




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In this film, Ernest P. Worrell wants to play basketball on the amateur team with all the other janitors from his workplace. Unfortunately, they have all told him that white guys like him can't jump. That turns out to be true until he receives divine assistance from a friendly angel.
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Emshell Producers


Jim Varney
as Ernest P. Worrell
Cylk Cozart
as Barry Worth
Lester Barrie
as Willie
Colin Lawrence
as Tommy T.
Jay Brazeau
as Mr. Zamiel Moloch
Lossen Chambers
as Dr. Love
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
as The Archangel of Basketball
A.J. Bond
as Little Ernest
Douglas Newell
as Head Guard
Henry O. Watson
as Mr. Ellis
Charles Payne
as Opponent 1
D.M. Babe Dolan
as Old Lady
Rick Pearce
as Doorman
Brian Arnold
as ESPN Correspondent
Jim Dunn
as Spaghetti Man
Vanessa Paris
as Spaghetti Woman
Brent Woolsey
as Crystal Man
Gerry Nairn
as Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Slam Dunk Ernest

All Critics (5)

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August 1, 2005

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May 8, 2005
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Which Ernest # is this one?

January 5, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

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December 5, 2002
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Why oh, why did this movie get made?

August 30, 2002

Audience Reviews for Slam Dunk Ernest

Ernest proves that white men can jump in the slapstick comedy Slam Dunk Ernest. When Ernest joins a city league basketball team an angel gives him a pair of magical shoes that allows him to jump incredible distances and run at super speeds. Varney gives one of his better performances as Ernest, and makes him a likable and sympathetic character with a heart of gold. And, director John Cherry does a decent job at staying within the low-budget limitation of the film. Still, the plot is pretty formulaic and idiotic. Plus, the jokes are painfully obvious, delivered with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the face. Yet despite being extraordinarily stupid, there's a bit of fun to be had in Slam Dunk Ernest.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Even though I love every Ernest movie, there are a few things in this one that ticked me off. First, I think Ernest gets mistreated worse in this than in any other Ernest movie ever made. The Clean Sweep team didn't really want him to play and all Ernest wanted was to be a part of a team. They called him a 'Dumb Redneck' a few times, they mocked him, made fun of him and it made me want to shove that basketball so far up their butts, it would come out of their heads. Only when Ernest starts winning do they 'like' him until he starts becoming the star of the team. I kept thinking, "Shoot, Ernest, you can win for losing, can you?" Yes, the fame does go to Ernest's head a little bit and maybe that was because he was finally getting some attention. He recovers back to his Ernest self in the end and the story does have an important lesson to learn. Success doesn't fall into your lap. You have to work hard for it. And Ernest didn't really care about being a huge star, he just wanted to be included. He was warned not to misuse the shoes and when he did, things started messing up for him even worse. And he didn't want to turn Quincy against his father, Barry. Erma was such a gold digger, that she definitely didn't deserve to be with Ernest or even in the same room as Ernest and it was great to see him tell Erma and Zimmel to leave him alone because they weren't who he thought they were. I love this film but I just wished they didn't write the script where the team lays into Ernest like they did. I get downright maternal when it comes to Ernest and I feel the need to protect him from the bullies in this world. We miss you, Jim.

Stacy Avary
Stacy Avary

Super Reviewer


Before Like Mike was conceived, we had this film. This film has some really funny moments and I happened to love the ending of this film. Not my favorite Ernest film, but it's still a very good one.

Barry Newart
Barry Newart

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