White Men Can't Jump
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Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) wrote and directed the basketball-oriented seriocomedy White Men Can't Jump. Woody Harrelson plays Billy Hoyle, a white con artist who hustles basketball games with black players, lulling his victims into the misguided notion that white men can't match up with black hoopsters. One of his victims, African-American Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), becomes Hoyle's "agent," arranging his various inner city scams. Deane doesn't feel as though he's selling out his own people; he goes along with Hoyle to provide a better life for his wife, Rhonda… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fresh and exuberant romantic comedy that is as smart about playground basketball as Bull Durham was about minor league baseball."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"White Man Can't Jump is most effective at the beginning -- when it's bouncing along with the exuberance that Shelton brought to such other sports-minded movies as Bull Durham and The Best of Times."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"[Shelton] contributes a uniquely eccentric point of view that is simultaneously obsessed with and ambivalent about sports, athletes and competition."
‑ Bill Kelley, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"[White Men Can't Jump is] like a game of pick-up basketball: it's intense, raggedy and explosive, now and then yielding moments of sheer gravity-defying grace, yet just as capable of producing air balls and pratfalls."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"The real pleasures of White Men are its energetic performances and dialogue."
‑ , People Magazine
"They're black and white instead of fat and thin, but Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson have the makings of a classic comedy team, the Laurel and Hardy of the half-court game."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Despite charismatic performances by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as nothing-but- net shooters who might be called the Schmo and the Bro, White Men Can't Jump throws up mostly bricks."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson give lively performances as the heroes, who relate better to basketballs than to women or the business world. The movie doesn't add up to very much, though."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Writer/director Ron Shelton is that rare beast: someone who can make movies with wit, warmth and perception about American sports."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Hustlin' hoops tale with too much skin for kids."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Harrelson's performance is rich, subtle, and delicately funny. And Snipes is just amazing: everything he does seems to leap off the screen."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"It's a funny, frequently rousing film, with a warmly appealing acting partnership at its center-between basketball hustlers Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Ron Shelton's film about two basketball hustlers hasn't aged well."
‑ Matt Chapman, Total Film
"The verbal interplay between the characters appears to be intentionally improvised, but the scenes come off as cumbersome and off-kilter."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Even basketball-phobes will enjoy it."
‑ , Film4
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