White Men Can’t Jump (2023) – Movie Review

Jack Harlowe makes his acting debut in White Men Can’t Jump.

The 1992 film White Men Can’t Jump, directed by Ron Shelton, was a captivating sports comedy-drama. It starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. The film followed an unlikely partnership between a white street hustler with exceptional basketball skills and a talented African American streetball player. Together, they navigate the fiercely competitive playground basketball scene in Los Angeles, using their unique talents to con opponents and make a living. This new version tries to capitalize on the magic unearthed back then.


A former star of the game whose injuries stalled his career and a once-promising player who derailed his future in the sport cross paths. Juggling tenuous relationships, financial pressures, and serious internal struggles, the two ballers might have more in common than they imagined possible.

This new take on White Men Can’t Jump tries to be a modern remix of the iconic 1992 film. Unfortunately, it was best they just used a completely different movie title. You cannot compare the two films about the streetball hustling culture of Los Angeles. The original movie had serious star power and way more drama, and higher stakes intertwined. The film explores themes of friendship, racial stereotypes, and the pursuit of dreams. It does offer some humorous and thought-provoking commentary but comes off way too light compared to the original. Nevertheless, this film is a breeze to watch, and seeing one of Lance Reddick’s final performances was a top reason for me to catch this film. Harlowe, who makes his acting debut in this film, and Walls deliver okay performances as they deliver dry dialogue.


I give White Men Can’t Jump 3 out of 5 stars. Despite not being a carbon copy of the original, this reimagining of a classic is too bland. Director Calmatic plays it safe even though there is potential for greatness. You can stream it on Hulu starting May 19th. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube. 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis. He is a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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