Parents' Guide to

White Men Can't Jump

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Hustlin' hoops tale with too much skin for kids.

Movie R 1992 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+
This movie has so much swearing and violent scenes - armed Robberies etc. I made my 11 and 8 year old turn it off mid way.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 18+

Great movie but has constant swearing

Words like mf , bs and much more . The sex isn’t bad in it . There is a bit of nudity though .

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (4):

It may entertain, but it's just not funny enough. There was a cultural moment when Do the Right Thing and Thelma and Louise opened up the discussion of race and gender in this country. Around the same time, White Men Can't Jump came out and exploited both those interests in what is essentially two hours of race- and gender-baiting jokes and put-downs.

The basketball scenes here are all showboating and predictable. By the time Billy and Sidney meet their third mark, the results are obvious and boring. There's little tension here about what's going to happen, so you'd like the dialogue to at least be entertaining. And it is -- if you grew up in a locker room. There are moments of great "your momma" jokes, but mostly the jokes, like the basketball scenes, grow tired and repetitive quickly. Only true basketball fans, or fans of the actors, will love this one.

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