A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie trivializes African customs and beliefsfor cheap laughs and outdated stereotypes.
Some mild profanity
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that if this movie wasn't so inconsequential, it would be a lot more offensive. African customs and beliefs are trivialized, and much of the humor falls into the "isn't it cute, they speak English" camp. The movie's very premise -- that a white man has to go to Africa to save a poor tribe -- is insulting. Though aimed at older children, they're likely to drift away, like the aimless story, after the novelty of the basketball action wears off. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The air up there must be pretty thin stuff, because whoever thought up this offensive comedy was surely lacking oxygen. The story strains all credulity. Even audiences of a lightweight comedy will balk at the idea that an African tribe would risk everything on a basketball game. The bulk of the movie's humor is of the juvenile or gross-out variety. While Bacon is not given much to work with, he doesn't even deliver on the basics. He is an unconvincing dribbler and his comic timing is weak. This actor has done much better work just about everywhere else.
Given the racial stereotyping, the moralizing tone of the movie is outrageous. Bacon's J.D. learns the typical Hollywood lesson about overcoming pride and figuring out that there are more important things in life than winning. Of course, then J.D. goes out and wins the big game. A 12-year-old girl was extremely unimpressed. Granted, she's probably not the movie's target audience, but her derisive laughter throughout said it all: How dumb do moviemakers think kids are?
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