White Men Can't Jump
White Men Can't Jump (1992)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 27, 1992
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: White Men Can't Jump provides a fresh take on the sports comedy genre, with a clever script and a charismatic trio of leads.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

A fresh and exuberant romantic comedy that is as smart about playground basketball as Bull Durham was about minor league baseball.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

[Shelton] contributes a uniquely eccentric point of view that is simultaneously obsessed with and ambivalent about sports, athletes and competition.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

Harrelson's performance is rich, subtle, and delicately funny. And Snipes is just amazing: everything he does seems to leap off the screen.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's a funny, frequently rousing film, with a warmly appealing acting partnership at its center-between basketball hustlers Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

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Matt Chapman
Total Film

Ron Shelton's film about two basketball hustlers hasn't aged well.

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Ross Collins
Classic Hollywood comic drama affair, with Ali G like humour - "is it cos I is white?". Snipes and Harrelson have a great chemistry that make for fun… More
Dan Schultz
An entertaining, if repetitive and pretty predictable, story concerning a talented white basketball player (Woody Harrelson) who creatively exploits the… More
Bruce Bruce
Pretty much a film with nothing but reverse racism throughout. 2 Stars
Eugene Bernabe
Witty and filled with surprises and laughter. Snipes and Harrelson make a great two-man power-trip on the blacktop. With a smart story, but simplified plot, the… More
Spencer S.
A film that's based on race relations, basketball, and love between two couples, White Men comes out gnarled and hokey at times, but is a great buddy… More