Pretty sure I haven’t seen an IMDb summary recently that makes the film it’s talking about sound much worse than this one:
“Billy and Sydney think they’re the best basketball hustlers in town, so when they join forces, nothing can stop them, except each other. To add to their problems, Billy owes money and is being chased by a pair of gangster types.“
White Men Can’t Jump, released in 1992, is accurate to that description. But to summarize it as such is akin to saying that Star Wars was “pretty popular in the 80s.” It’s the truth, but it doesn’t capture any of the essence, the reason why that is. Ron Shelton wrote and directed the film – just as he had with Bull Durham – and just as with that sports comedy, this one was less about the sports action and more about the people wearing the shoes. What motivates them both on the court and off, and what drives their competitive spirits? Moreover, Shelton captured the way streetball players talked to each other, thereby making the film feel as genuine as possible.
Joe Giuliano of Two Dude Review had put the film up for MOTM consideration a number of times and finally struck gold (or hit the three, if you prefer), handily beating out Joel Burman’s selection, Body Double.
As we do every month, the LAMBcast is tied in with the MOTM. This time around, Joe hosted the discussion on the MOTM, and was joined by Dylan, Justin, and Dan.
Also on tap:
* Rants and Raves of the Week
* Name That Year Times Five
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