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Uncle Drew recruits a squad of older basketball players to return to the court to compete in a tournament.
|Cast :||Kyrie Irving LilRel Howery Shaquille O'Neal Erica Ash J.B. Smoove|
I think this is a new genre that they're all sort of working their way through it and haven't got all the kinks worked out yet but it's a genre that works for me.
One of the best movies of the year! Incredible from the beginning to the end.
The movie runs out of plot and jokes well before the end of a two-hour running time, long for a light comedy.
The movie is surprisingly subdued in its pacing, its characterizations, and its go-for-broke sensibilities.
Am I the only who noticed at the end the three point should have been a two because he was surely over that line
Like several of the jerseys so prominently displayed in the movie, "Uncle Drew" is a throwback, evoking the "heartwarming" sports comedies of the 70s ("Wild Cats," and "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" were two that came to mind frequently as I watched "Uncle Drew"). Playing on all the familiar tropes of this genre of story, the underdogs overcome personal and physical adversity in their quest to win our hearts and the BIG GAME. Of course, "Uncle Drew"'s (almost) unique twist on the brand is that the team is made up of old (REALLY old) men, seeking redemption for the big failure of their glory years. I call this ALMOST unique because in 2013 there was this movie called "The Hot Flashes" which used essentially the same premise. Only "The Hot Flashes" did it with women. And did it better. The primary plot device of "Uncle Drew" is also the movie's biggest failing; Because unlike with "The Hot Flashes," which was cast with real menopausal-aged women, the basketball players in "Uncle Drew" are too young to be convincing as a bunch of too old, out of playing-shape seniors. And most of "Uncle Drew"'s key scenes and best jokes rely on the audience buying into the conceit that these are old men. Giving credit where it is due, the roster of NBA and WNBA stars who make up most of "Uncle Drew"'s cast give credible acting performances; given that most of the dialogue is either scrupulously PG trash-talking, or GO-TEAM-RAH! encouragement, the script plays to their strengths. And "Uncle Drew" is entertaining in a Saturday matinee way. But in the end, the movie is insubstantial and doesn't deserve more than a wall niche in the pantheon of sports-centered comedies.And that is in spite of the fact that "Uncle Drew" tricked me into seeing Shaquille O'Neal's naked rear end.
As a movie, I'd give it about 6 stars. As a basketball fan I give the basketball scenes and line up 8 Stars. Wish they'd showed more. I did enjoy how they extended the Pepsi promos with a decent storyline. Enjoyed the cast and some of the inside basketball humor. The teenagers beside me didn't get the timeout joke by the preacher. A decent way to spend a couple of hours during the dog days of summer.
. . . HOOSIERS or UNCLE DREW is the greatest all-time basketball flick. Which side YOU'LL come down on probably depends upon whether you prefer your hoops old-style (with peach baskets and dribbling) or in the more humorous 21st Century mode, with "Preacher" (aka, "Chris Webber") still trying to call phantom last-second time outs. Though it's pretty easy to confuse HOOSIERS with HOSERS, the former offering from the 1900s featured some CHARIOTS OF FIRE-style music and slow-motion, but was ponderous and plodding enough to evoke baseball, as opposed to the fast-moving in-your-face urban slam-dunking America enjoys so much today. During a typical UNCLE DREW showing, my theater was rocking with gales of laughter no matter which way the wind was breaking. If you expect tear-jerking in your sports films, go see something taking place on the gridiron, such as BRIAN'S FLUTE or CONCUSSION. Certainly Shakespeare (were he writing tragedies in the mode of HAMLET and OTHELLO today) would have a lot to say about a pastime in which a recent study proved that upwards of 99% among the professional players will destroy their brains and shorten their lives by decades. But the upbeat, peppy UNCLE DREW is likely to make America forget the maudlin HOOSIERS downer in short order.