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Parents' Guide to

Above the Rim

By John Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gun violence, language in solid '90s basketball drama.

Movie R 1994 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Great movie

This movie has great messages and while it does include some violence it nothing that a 10 year old can’t handle I love this movie and it teaches kids not to get involved with the wrong crowd and it has a great sound track and there is no racism involved in the movie

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

A bit formulaic, but incredibly watchable, Above the Rim showcases some great young Black male stars (Tupac Shakur, Duane Martin, Marlon Wayans), many of whom go on to have wonderful careers. Most compelling, though, is certainly Shakur, whose charisma and charm effortlessly capture every scene he appears in. While bad decisions, legal trouble, and scandal would frequent Shakur's life during and after this film until his death 2 years later, his "Birdie" and other roles in Juice ("Bishop") and Poetic Justice ("Lucky") still indicate what a massive talent he was.

While there are some cliched moments, dialogue, and overacting, the quick pacing and confident story structure keeps the film afloat. Sometimes, dramas like this somewhat depend on a villain worthy of the role. Thankfully, Shakur's performance ramps up as the stakes increase, and the film is better for it, even if its conclusion has long been foreshadowed.

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