The Air Up There

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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.


Critic Reviews for The Air Up There

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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.

    Mar 24, 2008

    Brian Lowry

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  • Give or take the odd spot of predictable arrogance, however, it's a good-humoured, good-hearted film.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    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 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • A lightweight, brainless family movie chronicling the triumph of the underdog.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Air Up There

  • Oct 19, 2009
    Not bad, but very forgettable.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    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.
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2008
    Another childhood movie. Can't say it was great.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2007
    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.
    danny d Super Reviewer

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