Friday, January 28, 2011

Above the Rim

Above the Rim- 1994, starring Tupac Shakur,  Duane Martin, Marlon Wayans, and Bernie Mac
He says-By the numbers tale of a promising high school basketball player and his conflicting relationships with two very different brothers; one a drug dealer and the other a troubled ex-scholastic hoop star employed as a high school security guard.  Despite insightful moments, film wallows in cliches and plot contrivances.  2 and  a half stars.

I say-  Wow, Tupac plays a gang member who has a gun.  Shocker.  And wow, people in the hood playing basketball in 1994?  Color me surprised.  Honestly, all characters fell into racial stereotypes, and although the basketball was shot nicely, the story was so convoluted that I couldn't get into it.  1 and a half stars.

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