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A Missed Slam Dunk - White Men Can't Jump - Review

A remake of the 1992 film about a pair of basketball hustlers who team up to earn extra cash.

Hey there, fellow movie enthusiasts! Today, I'm diving into the highly anticipated remake of the 1992 classic, White Men Can't Jump. Join me as I share my thoughts on this revamped basketball flick that brings together a new set of hustlers in their quest for extra cash.

However, as much as I wanted to be blown away by this remake, it fell short of my expectations. One of the best elements of the original film was the razor-sharp banter and chemistry between the leads, a dynamic that made the movie a true gem. Unfortunately, this remake fails to match the original's humor and lightning-fast exchanges.

Tragically, this film marks one of Lance Reddick's last movies before his passing. Reddick, known for his roles in various projects, including the John Wick series, brought his talent and presence to the screen, reminding us of his incredible contribution to the industry.

While this remake does offer subtle nods and callbacks to the original, it lacks the emotional impact that made the 1992 version so memorable. The ending of the original carried a tragic and authentic weight that resonated with audiences, but this remake opts for a safer and less impactful conclusion.

One major disappointment was the absence of the stereotype that "white men can't jump." The original capitalized on this notion with awe-inspiring dunking scenes, but this remake fails to deliver the same level of jaw-dropping athleticism on the court.

In my honest opinion, not every movie needs a remake, and White Men Can't Jump is a prime example of that. The original was a true classic, and this version fails to capture its essence. If you cherished the original, my recommendation is to skip this one. Save yourself the disappointment and relish the timeless masterpiece instead.


Ranking 5.0/10

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