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Above the Rim

Above the Rim
Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon Robinson, Bernie Mac, Tonya Pinkins, David Bailey and Marion Wayans

Rated: R for violence and excessive obscenities.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: March 23, 1994 Released by: New Line Cinema

With the films The Air Up There, and Blue Chips, this makes the third basketball movie released in a year.

Set in the inner city, a high school senior (Duane Martin) relies on his top-notch basketball playing as his ticket out of the neighborhood. He's waiting for an acceptance letter from Georgetown, but in the meantime, he's also cozying up to a slick drug dealer, played by Tupac Shakur.

Leon (Cool Runnings) plays a security guard who was once a promising ball player and tries to steer the teen in the right direction.

The story is very familiar; will the teen choose the lure of a smooth talking druggie, or escape by using his talent and brains?

A sports film wouldn't be complete without a big, bang-up game to finish up. True to form, there's a neighborhood shoot-out with fast, basket-to-basket court coverage; however, sometimes the editing is so jumbled, it's difficult to tell which team fouls, dribbles or makes the basket, because all you see is someone's hands on the ball.

The actors are convincing but somethims their dialogue, very fast and peppered with secret language, is had to understand.

After seeing the superior Blue Chips, this film seems quickly put together, violent and cheaply made.

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