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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

There are a few 'sports movie' elements in WMCJ, but it's easy to make allowances for them because the real focus is Snipes and Harrelson, both basketball hustlers who team up in order to increase their earnings. There's a genuine respect for the other's talent, beneath which is a strong rivalry. When not on the court, each man also has a demanding woman to contend with.
The dialogue is excellent, as fast paced and direct as an actual basketball play. It slows a little in the last act (when the 'sports movie' parts are used) but by that stage both characters are so well-defined that it's less of a problem than it would've been had it been placed earlier in the journey.
Besides the duo, Rosie Perez is also excellent. I haven't watched many films with Snipes in, but I'm willing to bet that he didn't ever top his work here.

4 momma jokes out of 5

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