Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Above the Rim (1994)

Directed by Jeff Pollack

Starring Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon, David Bailey


Interesting “good nigger/bad nigger” dichotomy (a black USC professor used those terms to describe the film, so don’t get on my ass). And kinda neat to see how blacks unconditionally love each other.

I have to admit, the booming rap music sounds good and really powerful in the theater. But it is used a bit too much. It should only be used for a few key scenes.

Predictable and cheesy. Crummy script. Overall, stale acting and dialogue, with a lot of corny moments. Kyle was good. Tupac is a good-looking guy. The Tommy Sheppard character was really corny. He tried way too hard to be cool. I don’t know if that was the character, the overdramatic camera angles, or the actor. I think Leon is too cool to be in this movie, especially with that name. The coach was a horrible actor, and his dialogue sucked, too. The homeless guy’s teeth were too nice. Kyle’s spindly friend was funny. I would have liked to see more of him.

Why would drug dealers be so concerned with a basketball shootout? And why would they be so concerned if Kyle leaves the team?

Just as in White Men Can’t Jump, dunking is a symbol of masculinity. Cool ending with the gunshot and the Georgetown tie-up. The sportscaster sucked, though.

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