USA | 1992 | 115 minutes | 14A
Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) is a white basketball hustler who banks on black players underestimating his skills on the court. When he pulls one over on Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), his victim sees a lucrative opportunity, and they become partners in the con game, plying their trade across the courts of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Billy has to keep one step ahead of mobsters, to whom he owes money, while staying on the good side of his “Jeopardy!”-obsessed, motormouth wife (Rosie Perez).
Director: Ron Shelton
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez
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30th Anniversary Screening!
The title White Men Can’t Jump makes it one of the best misunderstood films of its time and genre. It is not simply a sports movie–it’s a comedy that is one part buddy film, one part romantic comedy, and stir. It’s smart and thoughtful and the best part, it holds up incredibly well. It’s aging well and, in many ways, it seems to be continuing its growth as a classic.
Beyond its top-tier action sequences, full characters, and razor-wit dialogue, you’re looking at a film that makes even more sense now than it did thirty years ago. Its title would likely carry more weight today. It wouldn’t just be provocative; it would be understood on a deeper level. That’s one hell of a trick that wasn’t just played out on the black top.
Come through and see for yourself how Ron Shelton hustled up to reshape and reframe a corner of cinema with fresh perspective, inspired casting and unpredictable storytelling that has and will stand the test of time. – VANYA GARRAWAY
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