Director: Ron Shelton
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Kadeem Hardison, Tyra Ferrell
If you ever need lessons on trash talking, look no further than White Men Can't Jump, a source of infinite comical insults. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harelson star in this basket ball comedy that is so much more than a basketball comedy. It is not the first time we have seen a movie where sports are a tool to try to overcome racial boundaries; Remember the Titans and Glory Road are prime examples. But this movie is not nearly as emotional.
It is, however, frustrating to watch the two characters get caught in the cycle of gambling. But you get so distracted by the humorous dialogue that you forget that the characters are actually stuck in a serious, and slightly dangerous, situation. Although it would have been so much more hilarious to see Charlie Sheen, one of the other actors considered for the role, play the role of Billy Hoyle instead of Harrelson, the two leading actors have amazing chemistry on the court and on screen. —VC