White Men Can't Jump Reviews
The difference is that the obligatory tournament in White Men Can't Jump takes up less than ten minutes of the film's running time, as writer-director Ron Shelton is much more concerned with the physical and mental make-up of said desperadoes than he is in dressing up an old paint-by-numbers plot in early-90s basketball apparel.
His two main protagonists, a greasy gambling addict who can't say no to a good hustle (Woody Harrelson) and a fast-talking man-child with a wife and kids to feed (Wesley Snipes) are two sides of the same one pence coin - and the film is predominantly concerned with exploring the similarities between these two up-and-down down-and-outs despite their differences in terms of race.
This is still a sports comedy, and there's plenty of sports and plenty of comedy. But the film also has a lot to say about addiction, desperation, racism and the general dynamics of down-and-out-ism.