Monday, April 13, 2015

White Men Can't Jump

A basketball hustler (Woody Harrelson) with a crippling gambling addiction presents himself as a goofy, baggy clothes white boy and works the courts of Venice Beach. After burning a fellow fast-talking conman (Wesley Snipes), the two form a tenuous, volatile partnership and enter a high stakes 2-on-2 tournament. Ron Shelton's White Men Can't Jump is a highly informed sports movie on top of being a whole lot of fun. Harrelson and Snipes both turn in funny, likable performances in addition to looking like seasoned veterans on the blacktop. Rosie Perez has a charming supporting role as Woody's girlfriend.
*** 1/2 out of ****