He Got Game (1998)

R   |    |  Drama, Sport


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A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.


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22 October 1998 | Hound-2
Fantastic performance by Washington in film that doesn't quite support him
I had to remind myself several times Denzel Washington was an actor and that he was playing a character named Jake Shuttlesworth--his performance is that good. I'd give him the Academy Award for Best Actor. I'm serious--he's amazing. In terms of the film, it isn't quite good enough to support his performance. (We are expected to believe there's no one looking out for Jesus [everyone in the film has an ulterior motive], and Jesus himself is too much of a saint.) Definitely worth watching, though--any Spike Lee film usually is. But I'm annoyed at Lee: he's too good a director to insert the MTV-style shots in this film. Unlike so many who have tried to cover basketball before, however, Lee knows the game. This gives (the all-white) Hoosiers a run for its money as the best basketball film… of course, there isn't much competition.

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,610,663 3 May 1998

Gross USA:

$21,567,853

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,567,853

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