The Air Up There
The Air Up There (1994)

It's off to Africa for a former B-ball player who'd like to find a top-notch basketball recruit to help him become a successful coach. Kevin Bacon has the lead in this Paul Glaser-directed film.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 7, 1994
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Lowry

Working a bit too hard to send the crowd into a frenzy, the action in this basketball-oriented yarn isn't exactly fantastic, but it is mildly entertaining.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Like the multitude of Disney visitors to Africa before (and after) him, he must learn to respect the noble savages he wishes to exploit. Saleh and his Winabis are not for sale -- at least, not immediately.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

Offensive, shop-worn comedy.

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Time Out

Give or take the odd spot of predictable arrogance, however, it's a good-humoured, good-hearted film.

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David Mills
Washington Post

Neither Max Apple's script nor Paul M. Glaser's direction succeeds in convincing you that these characters live, or that this story has anything to do with any thing.

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Jane Stefanski
Empire Magazine

However average it is, it still passes an hour and a half.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Children may find this funny, but the film isn't geared to very young audiences. It includes much more violence and profanity than its PG rating indicates.

James Berardinelli

A lightweight, brainless family movie chronicling the triumph of the underdog.

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TV Guide

It's pure formula from start to finish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
this was a really fun movie. there were cheesy parts that would never fly in movies now, but it was heart warming and entertaining. i like this flick.
Jason Owens
Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon), a basketball coach, isn't having that great of a start with finding skillful new players to be on his soon-to-be team at St.… More
Tim Salmons
Forgot it.
Curtis Lilly
Another childhood movie. Can't say it was great.
Dan Schultz
Not bad, but very forgettable.
Dean McKenna
Exciting and funny about an aggressive college-basketball coach tries to recruit a Kenyan tribesman in a predictable, <i>Rocky</i>-type comedy… More