White Men Can't Jump - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

White Men Can't Jump Reviews

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½ October 26, 2017
Fuelled by a great script and energetic performances, this basketball movie is a great twist on the buddy cop flick. Packed with fun, the basketball scenes will have you cheering out loud. Although falling off in the final act by following many of the genres cliché's, it's still a fun time throughout.
September 5, 2017
It has its fair share of 90's Hollywood cheese and plot conveniences, but the swift pacing and charm of its three lead characters makes White Men Can't Jump timeless fun and something of a classic.
½ July 31, 2017
3.5/5.0 stars - Grade: B
July 21, 2017
White Men Can't Jump has all the hallmarks of your typical, seen-it-all-before sports film - the kind where desperado underdogs tackle a tough tournament, fall out, make up, almost lose, then win.
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.
½ June 19, 2017
I agree that this film doesn't really go anywhere, but sadly that is what a lot of hustler's lives are like.
May 11, 2017
There was a laughter that was funny but I did not find this movie entertaining I just found it to be too much arguing
May 7, 2017
You call that an ending?
½ January 2, 2017
A satisfying watch, with good performances from its leads.
August 29, 2016
White Boys Can't Jump is an original and energetic sports comedy that has an intelligent enough script and appealing enough leads to make me care about basketball - which is no small feat.
August 20, 2016
Woody and Wesley are awesome basketball players!
½ August 4, 2016
I hadn't watched this in ages so it was nice to revisit it. The film mainly works because of the chemistry among the cast including Snipes, Harrelson and Perez. It's predictable, but fun. An easy watch.
July 3, 2016
Fast, quipy, well acted - and the early 90s style is BOMB.
½ May 15, 2016
Social commentary is a bit lacking. Good acting.
May 13, 2016
Best basketball movie there is.
½ April 3, 2016
One of the best basketball movies ever made. Right up there with 'Hoosiers' and 'Coach Carter.' Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes are absolutely awesome together. The movie kind of has a little bit of everything in it, which makes it so entertaining. If you haven't seen this movie by now then you need to get a clue.
½ March 25, 2016
Great sports comedy.
March 8, 2016
Pretty dumb, but good performances and amazing soundtrack to offer in this Dramedy
½ February 10, 2016
The best basketball movie ever.
January 30, 2016
Very simple story - a 'chump'-looking white guy (Harrelson) who can play basketball hustles unsuspecting black players out of cash, including Snipes at the start, before they combine to pull the trick on others. Some laughs, but no real plot, other than it will all work out if you go on Jeopardy & win some cash!
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