He Got Game

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Spike Lee sports drama has strong language, violence, sex.

R 1998 136 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

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age 18+

Unexpected graphic sex (male-biased), prostitution, and overall misogyny throughout the film make it a horrible watching experience

I felt compelled to write my first review because this movie is not properly packaged or introduced to viewers. You might think you are getting a movie about basketball. While I was not expecting a feel-good kind of sports movie like Remember The Titans, especially knowing this was from Spike Lee, I did not expect to see so many graphic sex scenes with a kind of demonization of the female "over-sexed" body (female as temptress and libido-crazed around money and fame), not to mention such a superficial, unexamined depiction of prostitution, blasting in our faces throughout the film. These are not romantic love sex scenes. They have the effect of being horrifying and should be avoided by any young audiences who will not be able to understand/interpret them for what they are. We love watching Denzel Washington act. And we seek out movies about the challenges of race in America. But this movie simply propogates the worst, sexist depictions of women. Too bad!!

This title has:

Too much sex
age 16+


Any real basketball fan can tell you this is the GOAT of b-ball movies. Despite just casting Ray Allen and Denzel Washington, it is a heart felt great movie about Jesus Shuttlesworth’s life as a #1 prospect in high school with his father in jail and everyone depending on him

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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