• White Men Can't Jump (1992)

White Men Can't Jump

Release Date: March 27th, 1992

DVD Release Date: May 21st, 2002

R |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) is a white basketball hustler who banks on black players underestimating his skills on the court. When he pulls one over on Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), his victim sees a lucrative opportunity, and they become partners in the con game, plying their trade across the courts of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Billy has to keep one step ahead of mobsters, to whom he owes money, while staying on the good side of his "Jeopardy!"-obsessed, motormouth wife (Rosie Perez).

Cast: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell, Cylk Cozart, Kadeem Hardison, Ernest Harden Jr., John Marshall Jones

Director: Ron Shelton

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Keywords: Los Angeles, Friend, Underdog, Pursuit, 1990s, Transformation, Wife, Emotional, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    A fresh and exuberant romantic comedy that is as smart about playground basketball as Bull Durham was about minor league baseball. show more

  • 80
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Smartly spreading his story beyond the end lines of the basketball court, writer-director Shelton has knocked down a sparkling, slice-of-life Americana story. As rough and shiny as chain nets on a sweltering summer day, White Men Can't Jump is a poetic, rag-tag triumph. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Here is a comedy of great high spirits, with an undercurrent of sadness and sweetness that makes it a lot better than the plot itself could possibly suggest. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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