What started as a series of Pepsi commercials has now made it to Hollywood, as Kyrie Irving makes his debut on the big screen as Uncle Drew. When Dax (Lil Rel Howery) loses his best player Casper (Aaron Gordon) to his rival coach Mookie (Nick Kroll), he must figure out how to assemble a team that can compete at the Rucker Park Classic where a grand prize of $100,000 is on the line. After witnessing Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving) dominate a kid during a pick up game, Dax tries to convince him to come out of retirement and gain closure by playing for him in the tournament where the legend of Uncle Drew began so many years earlier.
The cast of Uncle Drew is what made this movie the most entertaining for me. As a huge basketball fan, this movie was loaded with some of the funnier players in the sport. Kyrie does a pretty decent job as Uncle Drew, but when you add the team that he assembles it becomes so ridiculous that you can’t help but be entertained. You have Preacher (Chris Webber), Lights (Reggie Miller), Boots (Nate Robinson), Big Fella (Shaquille O’Neal), and even Betty Lou (Lisa Leslie – WNBA player). With this cast of characters, the entertainment never stops. Lights is blind, Boots is in a wheelchair, and Big Fella is a karate teacher. Add in the fact that this whole squad is around 80 years old, and it’s pretty clear that this isn’t the most realistic movie of all time.
If you are a basketball fan and can accept that this movie isn’t the most realistic and that the plot is pretty basic, than I think you will be entertained by the comedy of it all. I certainly thought there were parts that were hilarious, and I liked that there were several jokes that were NBA-specific thrown in there as well (Shaq making fun of Kobe, Chris Webber timeout joke). I also thought it was cool how many cameos there were of NBA players, including Steve Nash, Bill Walton, Chris Mullin, Jerry West, David Robinson, and Dikembe Mutombo to name a few. Going into the movie, I didn’t have the highest expectations for a film based on a silly commercial. However, while certainly not Oscar worthy, it ended up being very entertaining and I thought it was definitely worth seeing.
Rotten Tomatoes: 66% critic, 61% audience
My final rating: 6.7/10
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