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The Air Up There

The Air Up There
Kevin Bacon and Charles Gitonga Maina

Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: January 7, 1994 Released by: Hollywood Pictures

Kevin Bacon stars as Jimmy Dolan, assistant coach for a Catholic college basketball beam. He's bored and disheartened with his job, until he gets excited by a young, talented ball player he sees in a Missionary's videotape and decides he has to recruit him.

Over his head coach's objections, Jimmy heads for a remote part of Africa to find the teen, played by Charles Gitonga Maina.

Once he finds the village, Jimmy discovers that four years of American college and basketball is going to be a hard sell to the teen's father, who also happens to be the village chief.

However, Dad changes his mind about his son's ball playing when their land is threatened to be taken by a greedy neighbor. He gambles the land and his son's future on the outcome of a basketball game.

Bacon is a pleasant actor to watch, he's a very likable personality and 6'8' newcomer, Maina, has a huge smile and he seems very comfortable on screen.

The story hold no surprises and I had some problems with unrealistic characters (especially a very worldly nun) and a lot of bathroom humor. The basketball game at the end is a real audience pleaser. It is, after all, a basketball comedy and it delivers what it promises.

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