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

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Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) is a white basketball hustler who banks on black players underestimating his skills on the court. When he pulls one over on Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), his victim sees a lucrative opportunity, and they become partners in the con game, plying their trade across the courts of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Billy has to keep one step ahead of mobsters, to whom he owes money, while staying on the good side of his "Jeopardy!"-obsessed, motormouth wife (Rosie Perez).

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  • As rough and shiny as chain nets on a sweltering summer day, White Men Can't Jump is a poetic, rag-tag triumph.

    March 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Shelton's strength is character, streetwise wit and funky, lived-in sexuality. Snipes, one of our most versatile young actors, gets to demonstrate his wonderful comic chops, and Harrelson, whose goofiness is part of his scam, partners him beautifully.

    February 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A fresh and exuberant romantic comedy that is as smart about playground basketball as Bull Durham was about minor league baseball.

    April 2, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Harrelson's performance is rich, subtle, and delicately funny. And Snipes is just amazing: everything he does seems to leap off the screen.

    April 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • As rough and shiny as chain nets on a sweltering summer day, White Men Can't Jump is a poetic, rag-tag triumph.

    March 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Shelton's strength is character, streetwise wit and funky, lived-in sexuality. Snipes, one of our most versatile young actors, gets to demonstrate his wonderful comic chops, and Harrelson, whose goofiness is part of his scam, partners him beautifully.

    February 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A fresh and exuberant romantic comedy that is as smart about playground basketball as Bull Durham was about minor league baseball.

    April 2, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • ...a mostly entertaining comedy that receives plenty of mileage out of the stellar work of its stars...

    May 6, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Slam-dunkingly satisfying sports comedy about two basketball hustlers (Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes) teaming up for an alley-oop of a payday, despite crying foul about each other's off-court lifestyle.

    July 31, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 15, 2014
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  • Aug 26, 2013
    The basketball scenes are great and the interplay between Snipes and Harrelson is witty and fun. Perez is an acquired taste but I found myself enjoying her performance this time more than I have in the past. I wish there was more basketball action and fewer scenes involving the female characters as this is definitely a 'guys' film. Fast and funny the dialogue reminded me a little of the type that Tarantino would shortly produce. Harrelson has gone onto greater things but this is probably one of Snipes' better films and it's not surprising that they both did more films together.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2012
    The snappy chemistry between all the characters and 'Wesley' and 'Woody' never gets old, maybe just a little irritating. I like this film, it is just fun. Even though it never seems to tackle any issues that it may hint on raising, who cares it is just plain silly enjoyment. There is a weird change from Basketball to Television game show during the final act, but the mood of the film is so tongue-in-cheek, even if it is accidental I don't take any faults serious and take it in my viewer strides.
    Hassan V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer

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